from "The Times", Wednesday, October 4, 1916 page 4, under "personal notes":
"Lieutenant Cyril A.C. Aitkens, R.E., reported "missing" as from July 10, and in August as having died on that day, just after his 23rd birthday, was the third son of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Aitkens, of Paddock Wood (formerly Chislehurst), Kent; and the grandson of Alderman Sir H.E. Knight.He obtained his first appointment in the Tyne Electrical Engineers Corps.He was educated at Eastbourne College, where he took prizes in every branch that he studied.For five years he was articled to the North-Eastern Marine Engineering Works on the Tyne, until the outbreak of war.He reached the front on June 24 last, and in his pocket-book was found a receipt made out in his name for 12 prisoners, dated June 25.His elder brother fell on May 31, 1915 at Festubert.In writing of Lieutenant C.A.C. Aitkins his commanding officer says:- "This officer behaved with very great gallantry in some of the hottest phases of the fighting.In addition to his work under me, he was able to perform services as signalling officer(in which branch he has been trained), while he was able also to save the lives of one of his own men and of several men of other units by skilful dressing in the field.Although young, he was a man of great coolness who rose to the occasion, and an officer whose loss I very deeply regret."A brother officer writes:-"He was as brave, loyal, and considerate an officer as exists in our Army, beloved by his men and fellow officers, all of whom would do anything for our own dear 'C. A. C. A.'He was absolutely without any personal fear whatever, and we considered he had a made a reputation in his work as an officer second to none in our company.While we all hope to return to England, yet if we have to go, we all want to go like C. A. C. A., right in the frontline advancing towards the enemy."