Auric Irving Aiken



Jun 11, 1897

Born at Orangeville Ontario to John William Aiken and Emily MacAdam 

The birth registration was not filed until February 4, 1963 at Toronto Ontario


Dec 10, 1915

Attested into the 164th Battalion at Orangeville Ontario 

Ø      Number 663134

Ø      Next of kin given as John Aiken (father) of Orangeville Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Student

Ø      No Previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Apr 10, 1917

Embarked the SS Carpathia at Halifax Nova Scotia



Apr 22, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Otterpool Camp


Apr 23, 1917

Transferred to the 2nd Reserve Battalion at East Sandling Camp


May 27, 1917

Transferred to the 164th Battalion which was now at the Witley Camp


Mar 9, 1918

Attached to the 125th Battalion at Witley


Mar 28, 1918

Ceased to be attached to the 125th Battalion on return to the 164th Battalion


Mar 29, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 30, 1918

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Mar 31, 1918

Left 2 CIBD and arrived at the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Apr 1, 1918

While at the CC Rein C, he was transferred to the CMGC (Canadian Machine Gun Corps), having never physically joined the 21st Battalion.


Apr 2, 1918

TOS the Canadian Machine Gun Regimental Pool


Apr 14, 1918

Transferred to the YMMG Bty (Yukon Motor Machine Gun Battery)


Jun 8, 1918

The YMMG Bty was absorbed into the 2nd CMBG Bde (Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade)


Sep 4, 1918

Admitted to No 3 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transferred the same day to the CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with a slight shrapnel wound to the abdomen 

He had been wounded during an enemy artillery barrage near the Cambrai road.  He was one of 16 casualties suffered by the Battery that afternoon.


Sep 5, 1918

Transferred to No 14 CFA


Sep 11, 1918

Discharged to duty from No 14 CFA


Sep 12, 1918

Rejoined his unit from hospital


Mar 7, 1919

Proceeded to Seaford England with the 2nd CMMG Bde pending return to Canada


May 6, 1919

Embarked the RMS Scotian at Liverpool



May 15, 1919

Disembarked at Montreal Quebec and proceeded to Toronto Ontario


May 16, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Toronto Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued No 211853

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Orangeville Ontario


Aug 10, 2009

The city of Orangeville honoured Pte Aiken by naming a street, Aiken Crescent, after him.  A very nice tribute that includes a Poppy on the street sign



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