Gerald was born at Bacchus Marsh, VIC on the 14th of January 1890 to David Armstrong Little(3)(4) and Mary Ann Harrigan (or Hannigan). Gerald had two brothers, Leo and David, who are also remembered in the Avenue.
Gerald was a Civil Engineer and Licensed Surveyor when he enlisted at Werribee (according to a letter by his father), VIC in the AIF on the 13th of July 1917, aged 25. He completed his Attestation forms in Sydney and embarked from there aboard the HMAT A72 Beltana in November with the 11th Reinforcements, 2nd Field Company Engineers, joining his unit in Egypt in late December.
In March 1916 he transferred to the 12th Field Company Engineers (FCE) and was promoted to Temporary Sergeant shortly afterwards. Then, in April he was appointed 2nd Lieutenant with the 13th FCE and embarked from Egypt in June.
After arriving in France in June 1916 Gerald was transferred to the Engineers Training Depot in England - rejoining the 12th FCE in France in late October and promoted to Lieutenant. During the First Battle of Bullecourt in April 1917 Gerald suffered a shell wound to the buttock and was admitted to the 8th General Hospital, Rouen, France then transferred to the 4th London General Hospital, England, rejoining his unit in the middle of June. Gerald was again wounded in action - shell wound to the back - in September and hospitalised in England for a month before rejoining his unit in late December.
During the Attacks on Dernacourt Gerald is again wounded in action on the 5th of April 1918 and taken to a Casualty Clearing Station where his right leg is amputated. It was for his actions on this day he was awarded the Military Medal.
On the morning of 5th April, 1918 near Dernancourt, Lieut. Little displayed great fearlessness in his work under enemy machine gun and shell fire. He volunteered to assist in laying out and supervising some trenches directly under fire from the enemy, and made specially dangerous reconniassances to inspect the same in daylight. He rendered great assistance to the infantry with his party moving to and fro under shell fire to accomplish it. He set a very fine example to his men and was wounded whilst engaged on this work. On the same day and in the same vicinity, when our line was attacked by overwhelming numbers, and the situation appeared critical, he collected some working parties and details and organised them for defence, and disposed them to the best advantage as a support line, setting a fine example of contempt of danger himself. The C.O. 45th and C.O. 47th Bn. have both spoken very highly of this officer's conduct and work on that date.Recommendation for the Military Cross
Gerald was admitted to the 3rd London General Hospital for three months where his leg was re-amputated. In August 1918 he embarked for Australia aboard the Karoola, returning to Australia in September. He was operated on(5) again in October at Caulfield Military Hospital, VIC. His appointment terminated in November and arrangements were made for him to be presented with his Military Cross by the Governor General.
Gerald died in Melbourne in 1972, aged 82.
He is listed on the Roll of Honour for Bacchus Marsh and District, published in The Bacchus Marsh Express on the 21st of December 1918.
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