Lyttle, Andrew (No. 907411)

Lyttle, Andrew

Private

No. 907411, 5th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment)

Died of wounds on Wednesday 11 April 1917 (aged 21)

Buried:

Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension, France (Grave I. H. 40)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Killinchy Parish Church of Ireland Church

Killinchy Presbyterian Church

BIOGRAPHY

In some records, his surname is spelt Little.

On the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Debt of Honour Website and in the 1901 and 1911 census returns it is recorded that Andrew Lyttle was a son of Robert and Margaret Lyttle of Ballymartin, Killinchy.

Andrew Lyttle was born on 12 August 1895 in the townland of Ballymartin and he was a step-son of Robert Lyttle and a son of Margaret (Maggie) Lyttle (nee Gilmore) who were married on 30 September 1898 in First Comber Presbyterian Church.  Robert Lyttle, a bachelor and a farmer from Ballymartin, was a son of Hamilton Lyttle, a farmer.  Margaret Gilmore, a spinster from Ballymartin, was a daughter of Hamilton Gilmore, a fisherman.

The Lyttle family lived in the townland of Ballymartin, Killinchy.

Margaret Gilmore had five children before she and Robert Lyttle were married and all of them took the Lyttle surname after their mother got married:

Robert (born 7 July 1891 in Craigarusky)

Hamilton (born around 1892/1893)

Elizabeth Jane (Lizzie, born 22 March 1894 in Craigarusky)

Andrew (born 12 August 1895 in Ballymartin)

William (born 3 October 1897 in Ballymartin)

The four boys all moved to Canada and served with the Canadian Infantry during the Great War.

Robert and Margaret Lyttle (nee Gilmore) had six children:

Anna (born 29 June 1899 in Ballymartin)

David (born 2 December 1900 in Ballymartin)

Mary (born 24 September 1902 in Ballymartin)

James (born 16 December 1904 in Ballymartin)

Samuel (born 24 October 1906 in Ballymartin)

Alexander (born 16 October 1908 in Ballymartin)

Andrew Lyttle worked as a labourer before moving to Canada where he lived in Cupar, Saskatchewan and worked as a farmer.

Andrew Lyttle enlisted in Regina, Saskatchewan on 11 March 1916 and it was noted in his attestation papers that he was 5 feet 11 inches tall with a fair complexion, blue eyes and light brown hair.  He served with the 5th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment) and went overseas from Halifax aboard the SS Empress of Britain on 31 October 1916.  Private Andrew Lyttle was 21 when he died of wounds on 11 April 1917 in No. 6 Casualty Clearing Station.  He was buried in Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

In the 2 June 1917 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle Private Andrew Lyttle’s death was reported under the headline Killinchy-Canadian Killed.  The report indicated that Robert Lyttle of Shaw’s Bridge Belfast (late of Killinchy) had been notified of the death from wounds of his son, Private Andrew Lyttle, Canadian Infantry.  The report continued, ‘Deceased was one of four brothers in the Canadians, the others being William, Robert and Hamilton, all of whom have been wounded.  Robert has been four times wounded and is now in hospital in London’.

Private Andrew Lyttle is commemorated in Killinchy Parish Church of Ireland Church as Andrew Little; in Killinchy Presbyterian Church as A. Little and in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) Roll of Honour 1914 – 1919 for Killinchy Presbyterian Church as Andrew Lyttle.

Hamilton, Robert and William Lyttle are listed in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) Roll of Honour 1914 – 1919 for Killinchy Presbyterian Church as having survived the Great War although in Killinchy Parish Church of Ireland Church all four brothers are listed as having been killed in action.

Information from Canadian service records confirms that Hamilton, Robert and William all survived the Great War:

Private Hamilton Lyttle (No. 433075) enlisted at Edmonton on 16 March 1915 and went overseas with the 49th Battalion Canadian Infantry on 9 October 1915.  He sustained a gunshot wound to his left thigh in June 1916 and was hospitalised in England.  Private Hamilton Lyttle (No. 433075) was demobilised at Edmonton on 21 February 1919 and died in 1961.  His service records were ‘mislaid by the Department of Pensions’.

Corporal Robert Lyttle (No. 434086) enlisted at Calgary on 31 December 1914 and went overseas with the 50th Battalion Canadian Infantry on 27 October 1915.  He suffered from shell shock in September 1916 and sustained a gunshot wound to his left hand in April 1917.  In September 1918, he sustained a gunshot wound to his right leg.  Corporal Robert Lyttle (No. 434086) was demobilised at Calgary on 31 July 1919 and died on 22 July 1974.

Private William Lyttle (No. 435396) enlisted at Calgary on 21 June 1915 and went overseas with the 50th Battalion Canadian Infantry in October 1915.  He sustained gunshot (shrapnel) wounds to both knees and his right elbow in October 1916.  Private William Lyttle (No. 435396) was demobilised at Calgary on 9 June 1919.