Vincent Thomas Joseph Aikens

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Jul 25, 1895

Born at Kingston Ontario


Oct 23, 1914

Volunteered for service with the 14th Regiment, Princess of Wales’ Own Rifles at Kingston, number 2050


Mar 1, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59003 (temporary number 1256)

Ø      Next of kin given as Joseph Aikens, father, of 28 Patrick St, Kingston

Ø      Previous occupation given as Clerk

Ø      Previous military experience given as 6 months in the 14th Regiment, Princess of Wales’ Own Rifles

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Aug 30, 1915

Declared to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Sep 1, 1915

Reported for duty from being AWL and fined 3 day’s pay for his absence


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Oct 23, 1915

While out on a working party in Poppy Lane, he was wounded by an enemy shrapnel shell in his back and legs and removed to the No 8 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) where he died of his wounds. 

Bailleul Communal Cemetery
Bailleul France

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Joseph Aikens Esq., at 28 Patrick St, Kingston Ontario 

No Memorial Cross was issued as his mother had predeceased him



Above is the Memorial Wall at Kingston Ontario located at the Kingston Memorial Centre and below is the plaque in Memorial Hall at Kingston City Hall



For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below on the left is the name of Vincent Thomas Aikens being projected on that wall.  Below right shows the name being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.

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