Joseph Henry (Harry) LITTLEFAIR


LITTLEFAIR, Joseph Henry

Service Number: 4506
Enlisted: 1 August 1915, West Maitland, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 3rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Newcastle, New South Wales, 19 December 1890
Home Town: Weston, Cessnock, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Miner
Died: Killed in Action, Lys, France, 15 April 1918, aged 27 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)*
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World War 1 Service

1 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4506, West Maitland, New South Wales
15 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4506, 3rd Infantry Battalion
15 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4506, 3rd Infantry Battalion, RMS Osterley, Sydney
15 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 4506, 3rd Infantry Battalion

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"...4506 Private Joseph Henry (Harry) Littlefair, 3rd Battalion, of Weston via Matiland, NSW. A miner at Neath Colliery prior to enlisting in August 1915, Pte Littlefair embarked with the 14th Reinforcements from Sydney on board RMS Osterley on 15 January 1916. After further training in Egypt, his unit arrived in France on 4 April 1916. He was wounded in action by a gun shot wound to the chest on 22 July 1916. Pte Littlefair spent many months recovering in England before rejoining his unit in France on 20 September 1917. A week later he was appointed Lance Corporal (L/Cpl). L/Cpl Littlefair was killed in action at the Battle of Lys, France, on 15 April 1918. He was 27 years of age. Before embarking from Australia in 1915, Harry Littlefair left his miner's lamp at the bar of the Neath Hotel. It is lit every Anzac Day." - SOURCE (