James Wilson AIKENS

Male 1889 - 1916  (27 years)


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  • Name James Wilson AIKENS 
    Born 28 May 1889  Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Birth 28 May 1890  Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Reference 438 
    Died 15 Sep 1916  The Somme, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • According to an article I read about the first world war, the British did not institute the dual tag system for their troops until the fall of 1916. The practice prior to that time was to take the tag from the body and then bury the body on the spot (soon after a battle), so they knew who had died, where (roughly) and when, but when it came time to rebury the dead in orderly rows in cemeteries, often they could not identify the bodies they found. Two million soldiers of the total of six million who died (on both sides) during the war could not be identified; 220,000 of this number were commonwealth troops. The unidentified lie in graves under markers with no names, and bearing the inscription "Known unto God", which was coined by Rudyard Kipling, one of the original members of the War Graves Commission, whose son John lay in an "unknown" grave at the time (he has since been found). The names of those who could not be identified are inscribed on large monuments in the cemetary. It is quite possible, then, that neither James Aikens nor Robert Smith lie in marked graves over there.
    Person ID I438  Southwest
    Last Modified 21 Aug 2012 

    Father Thomas Henry AIKENS,   b. Abt 1860,   d. 21 Aug 1926, Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Mother Adelaide Elizabeth PADDOCK,   b. 23 Mar 1868, Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Dec 1952, Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Family ID F35  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 May 1889 - Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 28 May 1890 - Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Sep 1916 - The Somme, France Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S25] CC,Puslinch,1901,Aikens T.