Other names: William George
Locations in this story: East Lydford, Shepton Mallet, SomersetGallipoli, TurkeyHelles Memorial, Gallipoli, TurkeyOverway, Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire
Story: William George Litten was born on 6th October 1895 in East Lydford, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, and baptised at the parish church on 10th November 1895. He was the son of Samuel Litten (who died in 1900) and Margaret Litten (née Sparks), a Charwoman. In 1908 he was registered for admission to the Donhead St. Andrew C of E School. At the time of the 1911 Census, he was single and working as a Farm Labourer. He and his mother were living with his brother, John, at Overway, Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire. He enlisted in Salisbury as a Private with the 5th Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 11142). He served at Gallipoli and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He was killed on 23rd July 1915 and his name appears on the Helles Memorial (Panel 156 to 158). He is remembered on the Donhead St. Andrew War Memorial.