Aitchison, Charles Umpherston


Charles Umpherston Aitchison, MRCS., LRCP, was the elder son of Dr Charles Umpherston Aitchison (G 1888-1894) and Helen, daughter of James Graham, from Bexhill-on-Sea.   His younger brother was Sub-Lieutenant Hugh Graham Aitchison RNVR (1925-1929) who died in an air accident in 1940 (see individual entry).

From Trinity College, Oxford, from which he graduated with a BA in 1932, he went on to the London Hospital Medical College.   On 5th July 1937 he married Nora Turnbull of Port St Mary, Isle of Man and lived at 12 Hurlingham Mansions, New Kings Road, London SW6.

He was commissioned Surgeon-Lieutenant RNVR in 1941, but was invalided out in March 1942, after Russian convoy work in HMS Trinidad.   After suffering a long period of ill-health he died in the Cotswold Sanatorium on 9th May 1948, at the age of 38.   He left a widow and two sons, aged seven and nine.   He lies alongside his brother in Wolvercote Cemetery, Oxford near many of the family graves.   He and his brother are commemorated on the war memorial and on the parish war memorial at Little Common, Bexhill-on-Sea.

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Aitchison
  • Forenames or initials: Charles Umpherston
  • House: C
  • Years in School: 1923-1928
  • Rank: Surgeon-Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
  • Date of Birth: 18th July 1909
  • Date of Death: 9th May 1948
  • How Died: Died of Illness
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner C1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown