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G-19169   2nd Lieutenant Henry James Little
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 31/07/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 5th Battalion, East Kent Regiment (British Army)
Died: 20/09/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 25
Summary      
Henry James Little was the son of John W and H H Little. Henry was a born in Scotland in 1892. Henry’s parents moved to live in Cavanaleck, Fivemiletown. Henry lived in Paisley, Scotland and latterly in Charing, Kent, England. He enlisted with the East Kent Regiment. He was given a commission in June 1916, and was attached to the 5th Battalion of the South Lancashire Regiment. Second Lieutenant Henry James Little was killed in action on 20th September 1917. He was 25 years old.
Further Information
Henry James Little was the son of John W and H H Little. Henry was a born in Scotland in 1892.
The 1901 Scottish census records that Henry was living with his family at Armadale Street, Dennistoun, Glasgow. His father, John Little, was a commission agent who was born in Ireland.
Henry’s parents moved to live in Cavanaleck, Fivemiletown.
Henry lived in Paisley, Scotland and latterly in Charing, Kent, England.
Henry Little enlisted with the East Kent Regiment, with the Service No. G-19169.
He was promoted to corporal.
Medal card
On 15th November 1916, Corporal Little arrived with his unit in France.
Henry James Little was given a commission on 26th June 1916, and was attached to the 5th Battalion of the South Lancashire Regiment.
Second Lieutenant H J Little, was serving with East Kent Regiment, the Buffs. He was attached to the 5th Battalion of the South Lancashire Regiment.
Second Lieutenant Henry James Little was still officially serving with East Kent Regiment, the Buffs, when he was killed in action on 20th September 1917. He was 25 years old.
A report appeared in the Scottish Evening Times on 5th October 1917. That report includes a photo of Second Lieutenant H J Little. It reported that Henry hailed from Burnside.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 11th October 1917:
Second Lieutenant H J Little, East Kent Regiment (The Buffs), killed in action, was a brother of Mrs Rusk. Cavanaleck, Fivemiletown.
Second Lieutenant Henry James Little is buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium.
Henry Little was a brother of Mrs Rusk of Cavanaleck, Fivemiletown.
Second Lieutenant Henry James Little is commemorated locally on the Roll of Honour in Fivemiletown Methodist Church and on Fivemiletown War Memorial.
The CWGC record Second Lieutenant H J Little as the son of John W and H H Little of Cavanaleck, Fivemiletown, County. Tyrone. He is also recorded as being a native of Armadalest, Dennistoun, Glasgow.
Second Lieutenant Henry James Little is listed on page 53 of the Fivemiletown book, from which most of these details come from. Many thanks to Mark Byers for the information.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Cavanaleck, Fivemiletown Fivemiletown CWGC lists parents in Cavanaleck 54.366458 -7.333231
References and Links
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1 East Kent Regiment Table: L Brief details of Second Lieutenant H J Little
2 Evening Times Roll of Honour Newspaper report and photo of Second Lieutenant H J Little
3 FindAGrave.com Photo of Second Lieutenant H J Little's gravestone
4 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
5 National Archives UK Offline details of Second Lieutenant H J Little
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Second Lieutenant H J Little's gravestone can be purchased here
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