David Little

July 20, 2015

LITTLE, David- SPC- – – – 1908-1912

DoB:- – – – – – – 1893, Bacchus Marsh, VIC

Father:- – – – David Armstrong Little

Mother:- – – – Annie Margaret, nee Hanigan

All five brothers from the Little family were boarders from Bacchus Marsh. In his Matriculation year of 1912, David achieved passes in Physics, Elementary Mechanics, Trigonometry, Geometry, French Language and Literature. He attained 82% overall, and was first in Physics. David was also Captain of the 1st XVIII in 1912.

In the College Annual of 1913, it was reported that Dave Little had a position in the Navy Office, -‘-¦ and is waiting for a call to a position in the professional division of the Public Service. He intends to take up a course of mechanical drawing-¦’

Service No:- 3508

Rank:- – Corporal, 2nd Air Mechanic

Unit:- – Australian Flying Corps

David Little enlisted on 8 July 1918, at the age of 25 years. He was a single man, five feet, four and a half inches tall, with a fair complexion, grey eyes and fair hair. He was working as an electrical engineer.

He embarked from Australia aboard the Zealandic on 5 October, landing in the UK two months later on 5 December 1918. In June the following year, Corporal Little was transferred to the Australian Flying Corps, where he remained until 22 September 1919 when he was returned to Australia aboard the Port Sydney. He was discharged from the AIF on 27 November 1919.

David Little wrote to the war records office in September 1924, possibly at the suggestion of his father:

-‘-¦ I am a bit ashamed about taking any medals, for the business was done when I got over there, but [my] father can put it alongside my brothers’ [medals] and they certainly earned theirs -¦’

The College could not trace David’s movements after his return to Australia.