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Horace William Little

Biography of Private Horace William Little, (30292)
51st Labour Corps
Formerly 201673, 1st/4th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment
and 4662, Lincolnshire Regiment

Died 1st June 1917

under Construction

Birth

Name:
Horace William Little

Date of birth:
1898

Place of Birth:
Long Sutton, Lincolnshire, England

Date of Birth registration:
Jan – Mar 1898

Place of Birth Registration:
Holbeach, Lincolnshire, England

Marriage

No marriage for Horace has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.

Family

Father’s Name:
William Little

Father’s DOB:
1869

Father’s Place of Birth:
Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England

Father’s Occupation:
Head teacher

Mother’s Name:
Ada Willows

Mother’s DOB:
1872

Mothers POB:
Long Sutton, Lincolnshire, England

Mother’s Occupation:
Assistant teacher

Their Marriage:
1897 Holbeach District

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)
Horace William Little, 1898, Long Sutton
Sydney Belmont Little, 1899, Long Sutton
Nellie Elizabeth Little, 1901, Long Sutton
Harold George Little, 1903, Long Sutton
Reginald Gregory Little, 1905, Alford
Gilbert Frank Little, 1907, Pointon
Winifred Ethel Little. 1908. Pointon
Cuthbert Little, 1909, Pointon
Dorothy Little, 1911, Pointon
Clement A Little, 1912, Pointon
Hilda N Little, 1914, Pointon
Geoffrey F Little, 1917, Pointon

1901 Census:
Horace is living with his parents in the High Street, Long Sutton, Lincolnshire.

1911 Census:
Horace is living with his parents at the School House, Pointon, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 13 and he is listed as been at school.

Relatives in services:

Newspaper Mentions

Grantham Journal Saturday 13th November 1915.
BILLINGBOROUGH
MORE RECRUITS:- The following names appear in the recruiting list this:- F. J. Scarborough (Billingborough), 1st London Regiment; Tom Ellingworth (Horbling), R.F.A and George Morris Whiles (Horbling), A.S.C.; Charles Robert Allen, a native of Billingborough, formerly a Sergeant in the King’s Own Hussars, has resisted in the Ary Service Corps; and Horace Little, the Pointon schoolmaster’s son has joined the Lincolns.

Grantham Journal Saturday 9th June 1917.
DIED ON ACTIVE SERVICE
LITTLE – At a Military Hospital abroad, on 1st June Pte. Horace William Little, Lincolnshire Regiment, the dearly loved and eldest son of William and Ada Little, Pointon School House, Folkingham, aged 19years.

Military Records

Attestation Papers:
None found

WW1 Soldier’s Records:
None found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War:
These records show that Private Horace William Little 30292 Labour Corps was killed in action on 1st June 1917 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records:
Not yet available

Medals
Medal Card Index:
Horace’s medal card index states that he was eligible for the following medals:-
The British Medal
The Victory Medal

Memorials

UK:
Sepringham, Roll of Honour in St Andrew’s Abbey

Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
In memory of Private Horace William Little, 30292, 1st/4th Lincolnshire Regiment who died on 1 June 1917.
Remembered with honour, Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport.

More information:

Military Service Timeline:

In November 1915 Horace enlisted into the Lincolnshire regiment at Lincoln (No 4662). Some records indicate that at the time of his death we was posted to the 51st labour Company of the labour Corps 30292, although other records commemorate him as a private in the 1st/4th Lincolnshire Regiment under the number 201673.
 
His military records have not been found and were most likely destroyed in the London warehouse fire in the blitz.
 
The information we have discovered has been pieced together from various surviving records and so the dates and his movements during the war are largely unknown.
When he was posted from the Lincolnshire Regiment to the Labour Corps is unknown but it must have been between January 1917 and June 1917.
The Labour Corps was manned by officers and other ranks who had been medically rated below the “A1” condition needed for front line service. Many of the men of the Corps were previously wounded and were posted from their original battalions to the Labour Corps. Labour Corps units were often deployed for work within range of the enemy guns, sometimes for lengthy periods.
 
As we do not know the circumstances of Horace’s transfer to the Corps or any details of previous wounds then it is not possible say where on the western front he was serving prior to his transfer to the No 16 Hospital at Le Treport.
We do know that the 4th Lincolns had spent most of 1917 in the Loos area but when Horace left them for the Labour Corps is unknown.