Private Joseph Aitchison

Private Joseph Anderson Aitchison, 47th ( British Columbia ) Battalion, Canadian Infantry. He died of wounds in France on 17th September 1918, aged 32, during the” Advance to Victory ” and is buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France. He was the son of Alexander Aitchison of Burnmouth and the husband of Mrs George Simpson ( formerly Aitchison ) of Irvine’s Landing, Pender Harbour, British Columbia. The photographs show Allied troops during the final advance against the retreating German army in the last 100 days of the War. The final photo shows the victorious Canadian troops entering the Town of Mons after they had captured it in November 1918. It was here on 23rd August 1914 that the British Army had fought its first Battle of the War. The wheel had come full circle. His Headstone is inscribed ” Greater Love Hath No Man Than This That He Lay Down His Life For His Friend”.

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