Aitchison, Hugh Graham

Hugh Graham Aitchison was born on 9th June 1911, the younger son of Dr Charles Umpherston Aitchison (G, 1988-1894) and Helen, daughter of James Graham.   His older brother, Surgeon-Lieutenant Charles Umpherston Aitchison, MRCS., LRCP, RNVR (C 1923-1928) died on 9th May 1948 from the effects of Russian convoy work during the war (see individual entry).

Hugh entered Du Boulay’s in 1925 and left in 1929, going to Pembroke College, Oxford in 1931 for two years with the intention of joining the Royal Air Force through the University Air Squadron, but was rejected because of faulty eyesight.

Between 1932 and 1934 he travelled in Canada and Iceland.   In 1935 he resumed flying, but had a serious accident while giving a flying display at Shoreham Aerodrome on Coronation Day 1936.   Undeterred by this accident, he took up aerial photography, and on the outbreak of war joined the Fleet Air Arm.

As Sub-Lieutenant, R.N.V.R. he was killed in a crash at Golspie, Sutherland, on 1st May 1940.  He was on board a de Havilland Hornet Moth, which was being used as a communications aircraft ferrying officers from Hatston to Inverness.  The aircraft, P6787, had been purchased in Canada as a sea-plane.   Aitchison was the sole casualty of the accident.

Records indicate he also served on HMS Sparrowhawk.

He is buried at Wolvercote Cemetery, Oxford, in Section J.1, grave 106.   He and his elder brother are commemorated on the war memorial and on the parish church memorial at Bexhill-on-Sea.

He married Mary, nee Parker.

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Aitchison
  • Forenames or initials: Hugh Graham
  • House: C
  • Years in School: 1925-1929
  • Rank: Sub-Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (FAA)
  • Date of Birth: 9th June 1911
  • Date of Death: 1st May 1940
  • How Died: Result of air crash
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner E2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Wolvercote Cemetery: Grave 106, section J.1