William Isaac Little

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William Isaac Little
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 8 Feb 1893
Place of Birth Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Death 5 Oct 1965, aged 72
Place of Death Claremont, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 22 years, 11 months
Description 5'4" (1.63m) tall ; 136 lbs
61.689 kg
; fair complexion ; hazel eyes ; fair hair
Occupation Labourer
Religion Church of England
Address 'Spring Farm', Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Albert Little
Military Information
Reg Number 5138
Date of Enlistment 31 Jan 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 11th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement, D Company / 3rd Brigade, 1st Division
Date of Embarkation 31 Mar 1916 ‒ 24 Apr 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A9 Shropshire
Date of Return 1 Jun 1919 ‒ 8 Jul 1919
Ship Returned On SS Somali
Fate Wounded in Action 3 Jun 1918 (gassed)
Returned to Australia
Monument Jarrahdale Honour Roll
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Electoral Roll entry - 1916 Bush Landing, Jarrahdale, horse driver.

War Service

Bill entered camp on 31 Jan 1916, and on 14 Feb 1916 he was allocated to the 16th reinforcement draft for the 11th Battalion, travelling with them to Egypt.

On 7 Jun 1916 Bill embarked on HMT Tunisian in Alexandria for Mareilles in France, arriving there on 3 Jun 1916. Entered the 1st Division's base Depot in Étaples on 7 Jun 1016, before being transferred to the 11th Battalion on 29 Jun 1916. On arrival in the battalion his immediate duty was as Batman to Lieutenant AJ Long in D Company. When Long was transferred to the 3rd training Battalion in England, Bill also went with him.

On 7 Nov 1917 Bill was transferred to the 2nd Training Battalion in Sutton Veny, and on 12 May 1918 to the 1st Training Battalion. On 14 May 1918 he had again travelled to France and on 19 May 1918 he rejoined the 11th Battalion who at the time were alternating between support and front lines east of Hazebrouck near Méteren.

On 3 Jun 1918 Bill was a victim of gas shells as described by an extract from the unit's war diary.
Mont de Merris 3rd June. .........D Company had 14 men gassed on the way in.
The battalion was engaged in a Battalion sized raid on the German front line trenches.

Bill was seen first by the 3rd Australian Field Ambulance and treated for exposure to gas, before being passed to the 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station the same day, before being placed on Ambulance Train No 7 for Boulogne where he was admitted to the 2nd Australian General Hospital at Wimereux. On 12 Jul 1918 he was well enough to be transferred to the 1st Convalescent Depot and two days later to the 10th Convalescent Depot, also in Boulogne. On 26 Jul 1918 he was released to the division's base depot and he was able to rejoin the 11th Battalion on 12 Sep 1918.

On 24 Apr 1919 Bill embarked for England, landing at Southampton, and a month later was on his way home.

Discharged by the 5th Military District on 22 Aug 1919.

Post War

In 1928 Bill married Charlotte Jane Chisholm at Jarrahdale. Charlotte died in Claremont on 15 Feb 1970, aged 73. Electoral Roll entries - 1922 - 1931 'Nareena', 4 Warwick street, Claremont, wood merchant; 1936 - 1937 Wattle avenue, Claremont; 1943 - 1963 they had returned to 4 Warwick street, Claremont.


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