Other names: Frank Tanner
Locations in this story: West Cholderton, WiltshireEast Knoyle, WiltshireFrance & FlandersDublin, IrelandSherborne, DorsetMotcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Story: Frank Tanner Littlecott was born on 22 Aug 1891 in West Choldeton, Wiltshire, and baptised there on 4 Oct 1891 the son of Harry Littlecott and Mary Jane Littlecott (nee Tanner). He lived his early life at Down Farm Cottages, West Cholderton, until by 1911 his parents had moved to Milton, East Knoyle, Wiltshire. Frank enlisted on 22 Dec 1914 with the Territorial Unit of the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment as a Private (Service No. 4822). He was posted to France & Flanders with the 2nd Battalion on 5 May 1915 until 7 Jul 1916 following gunshot wounds to his left hand. He was posted to the 4th Reserve Training Battalion based at sometime in Dublin, Ireland, with the rank of Acting Sergeant (Service No. 202512). During the latter part of his service he had to have his little toe amputated because of aggravation of a condition due to war conditions. He had married Hilda Annie Maidment in Sherborne, Dorset, on 28 Sep 1916. He was discharged from the Army on 11 Feb 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star. In addition he was given a small pension. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Motcombe Gardens, Motcombe, Dorset, working as Head Gardener at Motcombe House as well as being a volunteer ARP Warden. His death was recorded on 27 Oct 1962 whilst still at Motcombe Gardens. His brother, Reginald George Littlecott, also served but was regrettably killed in action.