Source: December 1916 K.I.A.
Note: Accidentally killed when a cookhouse collapsed.
Pte. Aitken’s Sacrifice Brings More Grief to Flett Home.
Death has taken heavy toll of the Flett family in the past 12 months [as] the loved ones of three sisters have been taken from them by the Grim Reaper. It is just about a year ago that Mrs. James Meikle, daughter of Rev. Mr. Flett, 223 Oakmount road, lost three children by death, and in the same week, her sister, Mrs. Newall, lost one child. A few weeks about their brother, Pte. Fred. Flett, was killed in action; and now word comes that their widowed sister’s only son, Pte. James Aitken, has been accidentally killed.
Pte. James Aitken is a mechanical draughtsman buy trade. He enlisted last summer and went to France about 3 months ago with an ammunition column. He was only 18 years old, and an only child of Mrs. Jemima Aitken.
Source: Toronto Star – January 13, 1917 via CVWM.