Cadet Jim Littley, RAF

1893 Dec 18. Born Ottery St Mary, Devon

1897 Oct 29 Banckruptcy Recieving order against his father - George James Willie Littley, Mill Street, Ottery St. Mary, Devonshire, ironmonger.

1901 census at Mill St, Ottery St Mary

1911 census at Mill St, Ottery St Mary

1912 Mar 1. Started to work as a motor mechanic for Gould Bros in Southernhay, Exeter, Devon. One of Exeter's earliest garages, Gould's had several premises around the Eastgate and upper Southernhay area. They registered the first taxi to be used for carrying passengers in Exeter, on 1 November 1904. They were still trading at the end of the 1950s from Blackboy Road.

1914 Nov 28. Left the employ of Gould Bros to enlist

1914 Dec 3. enlisted in ASC as Private M2/021299. His ASC record is available. His address is 31 Mill St, Ottery St Mary and next of kin his father who is down as "George James Willie"

1914 Dec 22. Disembarked at Rouen, France from UK

1916 Feb 15. Posted to 317 MT Coy

1916 Oct 25 on leave till 3 Nov.

1917 Apr 23 posted to 47 Aux Ambulance Coy

1917 Apr 24. Given 3 days CB for " whilst on active service, loafing during working hours"

1917 Dec. To RFC on probation for a temporary commission on General List

1917 Dec 9. Posted from overseas to 5 OCW

His RAF service record is available His next of kin is Mrs N Littery, Ottery St Mary, Devon

1918 Jan 18. Passed "Fit as pilot"

1918 Nov 30. Grade "A"

1918 Sep 2. Posted to Ireland. 31 Training Squadron.

1919 Feb 3. Died Celbridge, Ireland (vol 2. page 432)

Turns out to be Cadet Jim Littley

Buried at Ottery St Mary Churchyard, grave 25 H. He appears to have been buried as L/C J Littley, ASC. CWGC has his date of death and his rank incorrect


British soldiers died in Ireland