Author Topic: AITKEN family, West Linton, Peeblesshire  (Read 42354 times)

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Re: AITKEN family, West Linton, Peeblesshire
« Reply #54 on: Wednesday 15 September 10 18:14 BST (UK) »
Dear Danchaslyn,
Yes, my son (31, Dipl.-Ing.) will have to hold my hand, as I am very unsure about Chat etiquette. However, it has all been well worth it, thanks to the 5th Cavy photo of Lieut R.G.Aitken with ribbons up (although I fear the middle - Victory Medal - is incorrect: typical!). You asked about the Basra area fire incident. Now THAT would have fitted well into my article! He was in command of the Basra Fire Brigade with the title of Fire Expert, Mesopotamia, so his action is not surprising, indeed, was expected of him. No decoration or mention (such things are few and far between) and indeed his medals were British War Medal 1914-18, India General Service clasps Afghanistan NWF 1919, and General Service Medal clasp Iraq. His Second War medal entitlement was Defence Medal and War Medal 1939-45, but these were forfeited by the War Office after his being cashiered. The comment in the Chat that he spent money like water and was always running up bills, fits the picture, as you will see when you read my article. How can I send you photocopies?)
Kindest regards,
Kim aka Kimberley02 

Hello Kimberley02

At last Robert Gordon Aitken has received recognition.  Congratulations! Haven't yet read your article,  but shall try to find it online, failing which I'll try to obtain a copy of the Journal of the Orders & Medals Research Society.

Please can you post here as soon as possible which military awards RGA received?  I've been fascinated about his rescue of the women from the bazaar fire in India as kindly posted by WG.

After your next post we will be able to communicate per Roots Chat personal Message....please have your son to hand to help you, ha ha!

Cheers
Danchaslyn
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Re: AITKEN family, West Linton, Peeblesshire
« Reply #55 on: Wednesday 15 September 10 18:19 BST (UK) »


Hello Kimberley02

What a wealth of information you have, thank you SO much!

I'm still trying to take it all in.

Will send you a Personal Message in RC now.....

Best wishes
Danchaslyn
MOE,   Norway, Swaziland, and Zululand, South Africa
JORGENSON, Hole, Ringerike, Buskurud, Norway
AITKEN,  Scotland, England, India, Island of St Helena, South Africa
LOBB,  India and London
WALSH,  India and England
SHORT,  Yorkshire, England, Island of St Helena
BATEMAN,  Island of St Helena, U.S.A.
YUILL,  U.S.A.
FIRTH,  Yorkshire, Engand
LIPTROT, various counties of England
SMITH,  various counties of England
LYNCH,  Yorkshire, England, Rhodesia and South Africa

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Re: AITKEN family, West Linton, Peeblesshire
« Reply #57 on: Sunday 17 March 13 16:57 GMT (UK) »
Thank you, casman69!
MOE,   Norway, Swaziland, and Zululand, South Africa
JORGENSON, Hole, Ringerike, Buskurud, Norway
AITKEN,  Scotland, England, India, Island of St Helena, South Africa
LOBB,  India and London
WALSH,  India and England
SHORT,  Yorkshire, England, Island of St Helena
BATEMAN,  Island of St Helena, U.S.A.
YUILL,  U.S.A.
FIRTH,  Yorkshire, Engand
LIPTROT, various counties of England
SMITH,  various counties of England
LYNCH,  Yorkshire, England, Rhodesia and South Africa

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Re: AITKEN family, West Linton, Peeblesshire
« Reply #58 on: Friday 27 May 16 13:58 BST (UK) »


I wonder whose child Winifred Bateman is?  She may have been a second cousin, not a first cousin.

Danchaslyn        :D

Your mother's mother was née Edith Mary Short. Winifred Mary Bateman's mother was née Amy Elizabeth Short, Edith's sister. So your mother and Winifred really were first cousins.

Winifred appears to have been born in England per the 1900 census, and Amy and her four children sailed from New York to England in May 1899 arriving in Liverpool on 27 May when Amy would have been seven months pregnant.I don't know where Amy Short, who was born on St Helena, married Francis Richard Bateman, who was born in Aston Warwickshire. He too was a clergyman in 1900.
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Beds:   Cople: Luke/Spencer
            Everton: Hale
            Henlow: Cooper/Watts/Sabey/Rook
            Potton:  Merrill
            Southill: Faulkner/Litchfield/Sabey/Rook
            Woburn/Husborne Crawley: Surkitt
Hunts:   Gt Gransden: Merrill/Chandler/Medlock
            Toseland: Surkitt/Hedge/Corn         
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Re: AITKEN family, West Linton, Peeblesshire
« Reply #59 on: Tuesday 22 May 18 22:01 BST (UK) »
Hi Danchaslyn

I am a descendant of John Aitken's son, John Aitken ( born 1861 from his first marriage). I found this forum accidentally. I hope this thread is still active.  Carol