Bank: Williams Deacon's Bank
Place of work: Matlock branch
Died: 6 September 1917
John Francis Aitken was born to English parents in the United States of America in 1891. In July 1896, when Aitken was 5 years old, his father James Frederic Aitken died. Shortly afterwards he, his mother Harriett and younger sister Dorothy returned to England to live in Harriett's home town, Bakewell. In 1907 Aitken went to work for Williams Deacon's Bank.
During the First World War Aitken left his job at the bank's Matlock branch to join the army. Second Lieutenant John Francis Aitken of the Lancashire Fusiliers was killed in action on the Western Front on 6 September 1917. He was 26 years old.
John Aitken is commemorated on a bank war memorial at Hardman Boulevard office, Manchester.
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Maxwell Aitken July 29 2014 11:40PM
In Remembrance of my father's cousin John Francis Aitken of Bakewell who died 25 years before I was born from Max Aitken of Poynton Cheshire and my wife Pamela and son Jonathan.