Albert Charles Little

Royal Air Force

Personal Details

Born: 8 June 1895 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised 21 July 1895 at St Alkmund`s Parish Church, Whitchurch.

Family: He was the elder of two surviving children born to Albert Little, a clerk, and his wife Gertrude. He married Florence Alice Burt in 1924 in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire. No children can be found for the couple.

Residence: At the time of his baptism in 1895 he and his family were living in Church Street, Whitchurch. Ten years later in 1901, their address was the Boreatton Arms, Baschurch, Ellesmere, Shropshire. By 1911 they had moved again to Cable Street, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire. On his discharge in 1919 an address of 48 Cartwright Street, Wolverhampton was given for him. In 1939 his home was Alberta, Lower Prestwood Road, Wednesfield, Staffordshire. At the time of his death his address was 20 Newbourne Street, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset.

Employment: On his Attestation document he was described as a metal turner. In 1939 he was a Sergeant Instructor at an RAF training school.

Died: 30 June 1965 at The Royal Hospital, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, aged 70.

Military Details

Regiment: Royal Air Force (previously Royal Flying Corps)

Rank: Sergeant Fitter

Service Number:  2081

Date of Enlistment: 5 November 1914

Date of Discharge: 8 March 1919

Reason for Discharge: Transferred to RAF Reserve

Medals and Awards

Albert was awarded the Campaign Medals (1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal).

Campaign Medals

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The 1914 Star (also known as 'Pip') was authorised under Special Army Order no. 350 in November 1917 and by an Admiralty Fleet Order in 1918, for award to officers and men of the British and Indian Expeditionary Forces who served in France or Belgium between 5 August and midnight of 22–23 November 1914. The former date is the day after Britain's declaration of war against the Central Powers, and the closing date marks the end of the First Battle of Ypres.

The 1914–15 Star (also known as 'Pip') was instituted in December 1918 and was awarded to officers and men of British and Imperial forces who served against the Central European Powers in any theatre of the Great War between 5 August 1914 and 31 December 1915. The period of eligibility was prior to the introduction of the Military Service Act 1916, which instituted conscription in Britain.

The British War Medal (also known as 'Squeak') was a silver or bronze medal awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920. Approximately 6.5 million British War Medals were issued. Approximately 6.4 million of these were the silver versions of this medal. Around 110,000 of a bronze version were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps. The front (obv or obverse) of the medal depicts the head of George V. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

The Allied Victory Medal (also known as 'Wilfred') was issued by each of the allies. It was decided that each of the allies should each issue their own bronze victory medal with a similar design, similar equivalent wording and identical ribbon. The British medal was designed by W. McMillan. The front depicts a winged classical figure representing victory. Approximately 5.7 million victory medals were issued. Interestingly, eligibility for this medal was more restrictive and not everyone who received the British War Medal ('Squeak') also received the Victory Medal ('Wilfred'). However, in general, all recipients of 'Wilfred' also received 'Squeak' and all recipients of The 1914 Star or The 1914/1915 Star (also known as 'Pip') also received both 'Squeak' and 'Wilfred'. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.



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