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Vernon Harcourt LITTLE

Regimental number1777
Place of birthWindsor, New South Wales
SchoolNewtown Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation hand
Address46 Brown Street, Newtown, Sydnev, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 4"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinMrs Eliza M Little, 46 Brown Street, Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets.
Enlistment date9 January 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 10 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19-20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death21
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 10), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
159
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry and Eliza LITTLE, 46 Brown Street, Newtown, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsCousin: 3839 Pte James Edward KENT, 2nd Bn, killed in action, 5 May 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 2nd Bn, Gallipoli, 26 May 1915.

Wounded in action, 8 August 1915; admitted to Hospital Ship 'Ascanius', no date (gun shot wound, left foot); disembarked Alexandria, 11 August 1915, and admitted to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, then No 3 Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, the same day; to Australia and New Zealand Convalescent Hospital, Helouan, 24 August 1915; discharged fit for service, 31 August 1915; entrained for duty from 5th Training Bn, Zeitoun, 9 September 1915; rejoined 2nd Bn, Lemnos, 17 September 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 28 December 1915.

Transferred to 54th Bn, 14 February 1916; joined 54th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Promoted Lance Corporal, Ferry Post, 24 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19/20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19/20 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 1610705: 'Killed in action 19-20-7-16[.] Prev. reported p. of w.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, LITTLE Vernon Harcourt
Red Cross file 1610705

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