Albert Littler was born circa 1897 the son of Edward & Elizabeth Littler (nee Meredith) who had married in St. Giles Church, Wrexham on the 13th August 1883, (Edward’s father was a Tailor) and little Albert was Baptized on the 28th April 1897 in All Saint’s Church, Gresford, along with his siblings Martha Anne, Edward & William.
Albert appears for the first time on the 1901 census living at Montrose Terrace, Gresford, Denbighshire (All spoke only English), with his parents and 6 siblings. Head of the household was Edward Littler, 43, a Stationary Engine Stoker who had been born in Dunham Hill, Cheshire. His wife Elizabeth, 36 had been born in born Pickhill, Denbighshire. Their children, Edith, 17 a General Servant, Richard, 13 a Boy on a Farm, Martha A., 11 and Edward, 9 had been born at Redwither, Denbighshire*. William, 7, Albert, 4, and Stanley, 1** had been born in Gresford, Denbighshire.
* Redwither – see http://www.genuki.org.uk/cgi-bin/churchmap?GR=SJ3815049190
** Stanley died in 1908 according to the Family Tree of pvpage Ancestry.co.uk
By the 1911 census the family had moved to Vicarage Lane, Gresford, (5 rooms). Still head of the household was Edward, 51 and with his wife Elizabeth,45, tell us that they had been married for 28 years and 11 children had been born to them, but sadly 3 had died. Edward was still a Stoker at the Colliery. The family had gone a lot smaller, with Edward, 19 a Farm Labourer, William, 16 a Brick Works Labourer, Albert, 14, Elizabeth, 8 and Samuel 5,
Albert Littler in the UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 tells us that he was born and enlisted in Gresford, also his regimental details as above.
Albert Littler in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that he was Killed in Action and the sole Legatee was his mother Elizabeth who was paid £24 10s which also included his War Gratuity.
Albert Littler in the British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920 gives us an insight to his time in the Army, I have transcribed some of the pages. Albert enlisted at 17 years of age.
Next Paper – Medical Inspection Report
Apparent age – 17 years 0 months
Height – 5 feet 5 and ½ inches
Chest Measurement – Girth when fully expanded – 32 and ½ inches, Range of expansion – 2 and ½ inches.
Vision – Fit.
Physical Development – Fair.
Next Paper – Territorial Force Medal Receipt – signed by Elizabeth LITTLER 26th October 1919.
Next Paper – Victory & British War Receipt – signed by Elizabeth LITTLER 1st June 1922
Next paper – War Office Letter re Albert’s personal Property and medal to be sent to Elizabeth LITTLER dated 21st June 1919.
Next paper – Names and Addresses of all the Relatives of the above-named deceased soldier in each of the degrees specified below that are now living
Father of the Soldier – Edward LITTLER age 60 yrs No. 1 High Street, Gresford
Mother of the Soldier – Elizabeth LITTLER, 54yrs, No. 1 High Street, Gresford
Brothers of the Soldier – Full Blood – Richard LITTLER 32yrs, Cox’s Lane, Nr. Marford
EdwardLITTLER, 28yrs, 75, Ffordd Estyn, Garden Village, Nr. Wrexham
William LITTLER, 25yrs, No. 1 High Street, Gresford
Samuel LITTLER, 14yrs, No. 1 High Street, Gresford
Brothers of the Soldier – Half-Blood – None
Sisters of the Soldier – Full- Blood – Edith LITTLER, 36yrs, Ruthin Road, Wrexham
Martha LITTLER, 30 Yrs, Cheetham Hill, Manchester
Elizabeth LITTLER, 17 Yrs. No. 1 High Street, Gresford
Sisters of the Soldier – Half-Blood.- None.
*Nephews & Nieces of the Soldier – Elizabeth LITTLER, 8 yrs, Cox’s Lane, Nr. Marford
Edith LITTLER, 6yrs Cox’s Lane, Nr. Marford
Martha LITTLER, 4yrs Cox’s Lane, Nr. Marford
Albert LITTLER, 8yrs Cox’s Lane, Nr. Marford
Joan LITTLER, 2 yrs. 75, Ffordd Estyn, Garden Village, Nr. Wrexham
Uncles & Aunts by blood of the Soldier (Not Uncles & Aunts by Marriage) – Samuel LITTLER, 56 yrs Moss Bank Farm, Sandiway, Nr. Northwich.
Declaration – filled in and signed by Edward LITTLER, Father of 1, High Street, Gresford, Wrexham at Gresford on the 20th January 1920 and witnessed by J. PARRY ADAMS, J.P, Denbigh County, , The The dec????, Gresford.
*The names below this asterisk were crossed out, but are valuable to the family historian,.
Next paper – Statement of Services
Enlisted on the 22nd January 1914 for 4 years service
Embodied – 2/4 R.W.F. Pte.5th August 1914
2/4 R.W.F. Apptd. A/Cpl. 14th April 1915
Posted A/Cpl. 5th August 1916
France Cpl. 22nd August 1917
19 Appd. A/Sgt. 18th March 1918
13 Reverts to Cpl 19th April 1918
Rank at Death – Cpl Date of Death – 3rd September 1918
Place of Death – France. Killed in Action
Total Service – to 3rd September 1918 – 4years 225 days.
Stamp dated 16th October 1918.
Next Paper – Military History Sheet – Home 22nd January 1914 to 21st August 1917 3 years 212 days.
France 22nd August 1917 to 3rd September 1918 – 1 year 13 days.
Next of Kin- Father Edward LITTLER, High Street, Gresford.
Next 2 papers refer to letter from Army to Edward LITTLER and Edward’s letter to the Army re Albert’s Rank at death.
Next Paper – Re the reverting of Rank on the 19th April 1918
Next Paper – Offence Sheet
8th October 1917 Cpl When on Active Service neglect of duty while in charge of the Battn? Quarter Guard. Reprimanded 11th October 1917 – Killed.
Next Paper – Statement of Services – see folder*.
Next paper – Another Medical History – similar to the other one.
*I have taken a copy of this and will send it on to anyone who asks or they can be seen on Ancestry.co.uk
Albert Littler in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 tells us that he was awarded the Victory & British War Medals and the T.F.W.M. (Territorial Forces War Medal), but does not tell us his first Theatre of War, nor when he first entered it. This source also tell us that he had 2 Regimental Numbers: 315093 and 7307
Commonwealth War Graves Commission – Additional Information:Son of Elizabeth Littler, of High St., Gresford, Wrexham, and the late Edward Littler
Researched and compiled by Mavis Williams