Donhead St. Andrew Church

Albert Edwin Littlewood

Surname: Littlewood
Other names: Albert Edwin
Other people in this story:
George Hutton Littlewood
Elizabeth Littlewood née Harrison
Lilian Nesta Littlewood née Bowman
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire
Newmarket, Cambridgeshire
France & Flanders
Tenterden, Kent
Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex
Birdbush, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire

Albert Edwin Littlewood was born at Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire, on 25th September 1893 and baptised there on 11th November 1893, the son of George Hutton Littlewood and Elizabeth Littlewood (nee Harrison).  He lived all his early life in Donhead St. Andrew.  His mother died in 1909. He enlisted on 11th September 1914 and was mobilized on 4th November 1914, joining the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (Service Nos. 2328 & 265664).  He served in France and Flanders from 29 Mar 1915 and rose to the rank of Corporal.  Around 13 Oct 1917 he received a gunshot wound to the chest and was admitted to the 18th General Field Hospital being sent back to the UK for treatment. He returned to France on 30 Mar 1918 and transferred to the 3rd Battalion of the Queens (Royal West Surrey) Regiment on 1st Apr 1918 (Service No. 207993) and eventually discharged on 10th March 1919 as being permanently disabled and granted a 30% pension.  He was awarded the Military Medal per a note on his record dated 1 Jun 1919. He received the Silver War Badge No. B166224 and was also awarded the Victory and British War medals and the 1915 Star.  The 1921 Census shows him living with his widowed father at Birdbush, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, working as a Gardener. He married Lilian Nesta Bowman in Newmarket, Cambridgeshire, on 22nd December 1923 at the Parish Church.  They went on to have one daughter.  By the 1939 Register he was living at Unity Cottages, Tenterden, Kent, and was still working as a gardener in private service.  He died on 19th September 1967 in Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex.


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