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Gnr William Robert Aitken. NZFA, Died 17th June 1919 in Glasgow

Tony Ring

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A good friend has asked me to help her research relations who were brothers from Port Chalmers, near Dunedin in Otago, NZ.

One is buried in the Quarry Cemetery, Montauban, France and the other at the Glasgow Western Necropolis Cemetery. Grave ref: P3032.

The brother buried in Glasgow was 78839, Gunner William Robert Aitken of the New Zealand Field Artillery, aged 21 years.

I looked him up on both our NZ Roll of Honour and CWGC and it has his date of death as being 17th June 1919. The NZ Roll of honour indicates he died of disease.

Was there a Military Hospital in Glasgow and how would I obtain more information concerning his death ?


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Just as a starter, according to CWGC website:


"Glasgow was one of the ports of embarkation for the British Expeditionary Force in 1914 and several military hospitals opened in the city during the First World War, including the 3rd and 4th Scottish General (1,200 beds each), and the Merryflats War Hospital (500 beds)."

I'm sure someone will be able to give you more details.


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