Clifton Kellas LITTLE


LITTLE , Clifton Kellas

Service Number: QX9970
Enlisted: 25 June 1940
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 26th Infantry Battalion
Born: Lismore, New South Wales, Australia, 18 April 1915
Home Town: Gympie, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Accountant and Business Manager
Died: Illness, Thailand, 6 December 1943, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Gympie WW2
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Sergeant, SN QX9970
25 Jun 1940: Enlisted
26 Feb 1941: Embarked Australian Army, Private, SN QX9970, 2/2 Ordnance Stores Coy RAAOC ex Sydney per HT OX1 for Singapore
26 Feb 1941: Promoted Australian Army, Corporal, 2/3 Ordnance Store Coy RAAOC
26 May 1941: Promoted Australian Army, Sergeant, 26th Infantry Battalion
13 Mar 1942: Imprisoned Kanchanburi "F' No 1Hospital Camp Died: Dysentery, Malaria, Beri Beri
6 Dec 1943: Discharged

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Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

Clifton was the eldest of five children of Arthur Little (born 1886 at Kangaroo Valley in NSW) and Sylvia Mabel Sawtell (born 1889 in Bowral, NSW). Arthur (a Railway Worker) and Sylvia married in 1914 in Temora, near Lismore, NSW). Arthur moved the family to Kingaroy, QLD in 1919 and then to Gympie where he was a Farmer at Two Mile. In 1935 the family moved in to Gympie and Arthur worked as a Labourer.

Clifton was living in Gympie when he enlisted in the Army in June 1940 - his Attestation Papers state he was an 'Accountant and Business Manager'. Clifton served as a Private (Service No:QX9970) with 2/3 Ordnance Stores Coy and embarked for Singapore in February 1941. He was promoted to Corporal then Sergeant and was with 2/26 Infantry Battalion when he was captured by the Japanese on 13 March 1942. Clifton was interned at Kanchanaburi - the Japanese HQ for construction of the southern part of the Burma Railway. Clifton was in 'F' Hospital Camp No 1 when he died on 6 December 1943. Brothers Keith Alwyn (Private, QX51794) and Melvin Arthur (Private, QX49955) also served in WWII.