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Fred LITTLE

Regimental number9137
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
AddressSummer Hill, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMother, Mrs A R Little, 52 Morris stret, Summer Hill, New South Wales
Enlistment date4 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameConvalescent Depot, Harefield Park, London, and Special Reinforcements (Feb 1915 - March 1916)
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Vic, on board HMAT A63 Karoola on 1 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 30 October 1917

Military Medal


'Work near Amiens on 9 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 17 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'In charge of a squad of stretcher bearers, he worked under continual shell fire between WESTHOEK RIDGE and BELLWEAARDE RIDGE, east of YPRES from 4 p.m. 26th September, 1917, to 12.30 p.m. 27th September, 1917, with only one hour's rest. By his total disregard of danger and cheerfulness he set a very fine example. He has previously done very fine work. Second entry reads: 'On the afternoon of 9th August 1918, during operations East of AMIENS in the vicinity of HARBONNIERES, while the 26th Australian Infantry Battalion were subjected to heavy shell fire, Lance Corporal Little left his position at the R.A.P... and attended a wounded man in the open, thereby dangerously exposing himself. Later in the afternoon of 9th August near VAUVILLERS while subjected to heavy point-blank shell fire, he again went into the open two hundred yards away and attended to a wounded Machine Gun Officer, and got him to a place of safety. From the morning of 8th August, 1918, he showed a willingness and fearlessness and devotion to duty which were a splendid example to all the bearers under his charge.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death27 September 1950

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