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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (A)
Aitkins, Stark Kenneth

My paternal grand-father:- Stark Kenneth Aitkins was a Signaler on the 1st Younghusband Expedition to Lahsa, in Tibet, this was circa. end of 1800`s, start of 1900`s.  He along with all the members of the expedition were awarded medals by King George V, Emperor of India.  The medal has the profile of King George V on one side, and the Potala on the reverse.  I remember some anecdotes retold by my father, which gave insight into the human condition on that journey and humour, too.  My grand-father was an obviously adventurous as a young man. The British in India made many expeditions at that time, and he volunteered to go on the Expedition to the Shan States in Burma.  Another Expedition went to Tashkent (I am sure of this), Samarkhand, Isfahan and Bokhara (these names I remember, but not so sure).  Anyway, the expedition went and came back, through the two passes:  The Bolen Pass and the Khyber Pass.  I don`t remember which way they went and returned.  Anyway, it is recorded somewhere. 
aureen David (nee Aitkins)

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