Pte. Wallace Aitchison Critically Wounded

Battalion Diary – April 7, 1917

Location: Witley Camp, North Surrey

Individual training until noon.

Men of the 161st – April 7, 1917

Pte. Wallace Aitchison

On December 28, 1916, shortly after arriving in England, Private Wallace Aitchison was transferred to the 38th Battalion. By December 29, 1916, Private W. Aitchison was in the field in Havre, France.

On April 7, 1917, he was transferred to the 22 Casualty Clearing Station in critical condition due to serious, but unstated wounds and pneumonia received during action in France. On April 9, 1917, his condition was noted as very grave, but not hopeless.

The wounds and pneumonia were cited as his cause of death on April 11, 1917, according to a military casualty form and his Casualty-Active Service form. He was incorrectly listed as “Died, in France, Aubigny, January 27th, 1918” in N.W. Miller’s 1935 unofficial nominal roll. The official records are correct, not Miller’s list.

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