LITTLECHILD, James Henry



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 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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