Leslie Louis Little was born in 1899. His father, Louis was a glass cutter. Leslie had an older sister, Vanda. In 1911, the Little family were living at 48 High Road, Ilford.
When Leslie left Cleveland Road School aged 15, he went to work at Woolwich Arsenal and was employed in the hazardous job of pressing gun powder pellets. When he was old enough he enlisted with the Essex Yeomanry, working with horses in Sevenoaks, Kent. He later transferred to the Cycle Corps where, while training with the infantry, he proved to be an excellent shot.
Leslie served in Ireland and France when he transferred to the 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment where he trained in anti-aircraft gunnery and was posted for a while at Battalion H.Q. He was severely wounded while in front line trenches near Cambrai in his role of Lewis Gunner on 29th October 1918 and died of his wounds eleven days before the Armistice, on 31st October 1918.
Louis was buried at Awoingt British Cemetery, France. At the time of his death, his parents were living at 114 Empress Avenue in Ilford.
Research by Patrick O’Mara and Redbridge Museum
Commonwealth War Graves Commission