LITTLE, Arthur Willie A W
10th Battalion (Field Ambulance) Durham Light Infantry
Son of James and Sarah Little of Startforth and later Thorngate, Barnard Castle. Arthur had two sisters, Janet and Anna.
Brother in law to Thomas Mulgrew.
Died of wounds
Arthur had been in France since the start of hostilities. In a letter to his father he wrote:
'We were determined to retake the trenches which were lost through the Germans using liquid fire. It was a very strong position, and was as important for the enemy as it was for us because it commanded a big stretch of country.' 'We then commenced to advance under a terrific shell fire, which soon began to thin our ranks.' 'We reached the enemy's first line of trenches, and at once occupied them, the Germans retiring up the communication trench to their second line . We soon had them out of that, capturing two machine guns. Then the bombers got to work , both theirs and ours, and one of our fellows even took off his coat to it , and yelled for more bombs, but I am sorry to say he was not seen again. We advanced again up to the third line of trenches and took them, and also the crater of a mine which the enemy had blown up when they took the trenches. They held it strongly, they had retire into it . It was very well fortified, but it was no use. They had to come out. We then occupied it, which was like a shambles, and I hope I never to see the likes of it again. We started to repair the fort as soon as we got in , but had to knock off on account of the shell fire and aerial torpedoes, which are awful things. I was one of twenty-five who were buried with one of these things, but escaped with a severe shaking and the drum of one of my ears burst.'.