Private James Wilson Aikens (Regimental/Service #54125), enlisted on December 7, 1914 in London, ON, with the 18th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment). He was born in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario on May 28, 1889, and is the son of Thomas H. and Adelaide E. (Paddock) Aikens of 2nd Concession in Puslinch, Ontario. At the time of his enlistment, he was not married and he worked as a lineman. His father, who at that time resided 849 Dundas Street in London, Ontario, was listed as his next of kin. He listed his religion as Presbyterian. James died on September 15, 1916, as a result of wounds he received in action at the Battle of the Somme. He was 27 years of age. Laid to rest at Contay British Cemetery in France. Grave reference II. B.12.
His burial record with the Commonwealth Graves Commission shows the name "John Aikens".
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Aikens, J. Wilson
Enlisted at London, Ontario.
Born in Puslinch Township and lived with his parents on West Main St. Galt for a number of years.
He received a gun shot wound in his leg and hand and died as a result on September 15, 1916.