"Scratcher" Aitchison was born on 14th May, 1906,
to parents Alexander and Catherine Aitchson (both school teachers)
from Eyemouth, in Berwickshire.
At the age of 5, he attended Mortimer Road Elementary
School, moving to Westoe Secondary School in 1918.
He went straight to Hatfield College, Durham, where
in 1928 he gained his BSc (Hons) in Physics and Geology (with
Mathematics as a subsidiary subject). Following a further
year there to gain his Board of Education Certificate, he
joined the staff of Stanhope Road Senior Boys' School
He then joined the Westoe Central Boys' School in 1933, and in January, 1941,
moved to the Westoe Senior Boys' School. At the end of that school year, he
joined the South Shields High School for Boys.
He was appointed as Headmaster at Redwell County Secondary
School from 1st January, 1960.