No.12873, Private, James Henry LITTLECHILD
Aged 32

10th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
Killed in Action on Friday, 24th February 1917

James Henry Littlechild was born in Cowlinge (Risbridge Q3-1884 4A:604), son of William and Louisa LITTLECHILD (née MARSH).

1891 census...Aged 6, he was at Hobbles Green, Cowlinge with his father William LITTLECHILD [39] groom; his mother Louisa [39] born Stetchworth; brothers Edward [14] (groom) and Frank J [1]; sisters Minnie L [12], Harriet E [10] and Emma M [4]. All except his mother were born in Cowlinge. 1901 census...Aged 16, a gamekeeper, he was at Hobbles Green, Cowlinge with his parents and nephew Montague LITTLECHILD [7] born Cowlinge, parentage unrecorded..

1911 census... Aged 26, estate gamekeeper, he was lodging with Albert EVANS and family at Gas Works, Westcoot, Buckinghamshire. His parents were at 5 Queens Street, Cowlinge with his nephew Montague (gamekeeper) and niece Olive LILLTECHILD [9] born Kirtling).

He married Gertrude Sarah FRANKLIN [19-5-1888] in 1914, (Aylesbury Q3), later of Frederick Street, Waddesdon, Aylesbury.

He enlisted in Horsham, Sussex when resident in Crawley.
War Diary:-" MUMMUMBRIDGE CAMP (near La Clytte)- 24th - Raid on enemy lines at HOLLANDSCHESSCHUUR SALIENT carried out. Capt E BIRD killed 2nd Lt EM FAIRCLOUGH died of wounds. Lieut FJ MONK and 2nd Lt EH Edinborough wounded. O.R. killed 26, wounded 91. missing 11. Prisoners 1 officer, 54 O.R. and 1 machine gun captured"

James Littlechild is buried in Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery, grave 1:C:18

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