Private Charles Frederick Little

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for this research.

Charles Little Birth Registration © Ancestry.co.uk
Charles Little Birth Registration © Ancestry.co.uk
Charles Little Baptism Registration © Ancestry.co.uk
Charles Little Baptism Registration © Ancestry.co.uk

Charles Frederick Little was born in the 1st quarter of 1885 in Dorking, to Robert Little a son of Robert Little a coachman and Jane Worsfold, a daughter of labourer George Worsfold. He was baptised on the 8th of April 1885 at St Martin’s in Dorking. At the time of the baptism the family lived at Church Gardens in Dorking.

Charles Frederick’s father Robert Little was born in the 4th quarter of 1857 at Wigan, Lancashire. During the 1881 Census Robert was a boarder to Mr Still a railway guard at Church Gardens and he was working as a groom.

While living in Dorking, Robert met Jane Worsfold, born in the 4th quarter of 1859 in Dorking district.

The couple married on the 24th of July 1882 at St Margaret’s in Ockley. At the time of the marriage Robert still lived at Dorking and Jane at Ockley. Robert was working as a coachman.

Charles Frederick was born in 1885.

Charles Little 1891 Census © Ancestry.co.uk
Charles Little 1891 Census © Ancestry.co.uk

At the time of the 1891 Census the couple lived at Dene Street Gardens, Dorking together with 6 year old Charles Frederick and his 3 siblings. Charles’ father was working as an ostler.

By 1893 the family moved to Wigan in Lancashire as Charles’ sister Eliza was born there about 1893.

Charles Little 1901 Census © Ancestry.co.uk
Charles Little 1901 Census © Ancestry.co.uk

At the time of the 1901 Census the family lived at 9 Appleton Street, in Wigan, Lancashire. The father Robert was working as a general stableman, mother Jane was at home, sons Robert E. and Charles Frederick were working as cotton mill twist room hands, 13 years old daughter Elizabeth E. as a cotton sealer and 4 more sisters who were children.

Charles Little Wedding Certificate © Ancestry.co.uk
Charles Little Wedding Certificate © Ancestry.co.uk

Charles Frederick married after Banns, Margaret Ann Ascroft on the 18th of May 1907 at St Thomas in Wigan, Lancashire. At the time of the marriage Charles Frederick was still living at 9 Appleton Street, in Wigan and was working as a collier. Margaret Ann lived at 20 York Street East in Wigan.

Margaret Ann was a daughter of collier Charles Ascroft and his wife Ellen. Margaret was born in the 2nd quarter of 1883 in Wigan.

Charles Frederick and Margaret Ann had 2 children. Ellen/Nellie Little who was born on the 19th of December 1908 at Wigan and Joseph Little born in the 3rd quarter of 1910 in Wigan. The boy died shortly after in the 3rd quarter of 1911 in Wigan.

Charles Little 1911 Census © Ancestry.co.uk
Charles Little 1911 Census © Ancestry.co.uk

At the time of the 1911 Census the family lived at 2 Appleton Street, Wigan. Charles Frederick worked as a coal miner hewer and Margaret Ann was looking after 2 years old Ellie/Nellie and a baby Joseph. The accommodation had 4 rooms.

Charles Frederick had a sallow complexion, brown eyes and dark brown hair.

He enlisted on the 2nd of October 1914 at Hindley, Lancashire. On the 3rd of October 1914 he was posted to the 8th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was a private with the regimental number 15508.

At the time of enlistment he weighed 116lbs, was 5ft 5inches tall and had 3 vaccination marks on his left arm. His stated religion was Church of England; he was working as a collier and resided at Wigan.

While in training camps at Boscombe and Aldershot, Charles Frederick was a very unruly soldier. From the 22nd of November 1914 to the 21th of September 1915 he repeatedly received punishments for misbehaviour. He was frequently absent from parades, absent off pass, absent off nigh operations, absent from the Company Orderly room, threatening an NCO or being drunk in his billet or returning to it. He also failed on one occasion to answer his name as a defaulter. Charles Frederick was usually punished by Field Punishment No2: being fined, given several days of forfeit pay or confined to barracks.

Charles Frederick disembarked in France on the 25th of September 1915. Only 4 days before, Charles Frederick was awarded 15 days forfeiture for being, again, absent.

Charles Little War Diary 1 © Ancestry.co.uk
Charles Little War Diary 1 © Ancestry.co.uk
Charles Little War Diary 2 © Ancestry.co.uk
Charles Little War Diary 2 © Ancestry.co.uk

He died on the 10th of January 1916 in Ploegsteert Wood near Messiness in Belgium. At 4.25PM a billet in Ploegsteert was shelled, injuring two and killing only Pte Little.

Charles Little Soldiers Effects © Ancestry.co.uk
Charles Little Soldiers Effects © Ancestry.co.uk

His wife Margaret Ann received Soldiers Effects of £1, 19s, 1d on the 2nd of May 1916 and £5, 10s on the 26th of August 1919. She also received his personal property such as photographs and pension: 15s a week with effect from the 31st of July 1916.

At the time of Charles Frederick’s death, Margaret was living at 130 Great George Street in Wigan and later at 33 Arundel in Newtown, Lancashire.

Charles Frederick Little is buried at London Rifle Cemetery in Ploegsteert, Belgium. His grave reference is II.A.24.

Charles Little Medal Roll © Ancestry.co.uk
Charles Little Medal Roll © Ancestry.co.uk
Charles Little 1914-1915 Star © Ancestry.co.uk
Charles Little 1914-1915 Star © Ancestry.co.uk
Charles Little British War Medal and Victory Medal Roll © Ancestry.co.uk
Charles Little British War Medal and Victory Medal Roll © Ancestry.co.uk

He was awarded the British War and Victory medals and 1914-1915 Star.

Altogether Charles Frederick served 1 year and 23 days from the 2nd of September 1914 to the 24th of September 1915 at home and 108 days from the 25th of September 1915 to the 10th of January 1916 in France & Flanders.

Born                            Dorking, Surrey
Lived                           Wigan, Lancashire

Son of                         Robert and Jane (nee Worsfold) Little
Husband of                 Margaret Ann Ascroft

Enlisted                       Hindley, Lancashire

Regiment                     8th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Number                       15508

Date of Death              10th January 1916
Place of Death             Ploegsteert Wood near Messiness, Belgium
Cause of Death            Killed in Action

Age                              31

Cemetery                     London Rifle Cemetery in Ploegsteert, Belgium