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Capt Robert Alexander “Rikki” Little

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Capt Robert Alexander “Rikki” Little

  • Birth 19 Jul 1895 Hawthorn, Boroondara City, Victoria, Australia
  • Death 27 May 1918 Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
  • Burial Beauvoir-Wavans, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
  • Plot D 7
  • Memorial ID 97017234

Flight Commander Captain ROBERT LITTLE, he was awarded the following DSO and DSO Bar, DSC and DSC Bar, French Croix de Guerre (star/France)

No 203 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Died on 27th May 1918 aged 22

Son of James Little, of Collins St, Melbourne
Husband of Vera Little, of 263, Collins St, Melbourne, Australia

With 47 victories to his name Little was Australia's highest scoring ace. Having sailed at his own expense from Melbourne to England Little joined the Royal Naval Air Service in 1915.

Following a period of bombing raids off Dunkirk Little was posted to the Western Front and 8 Naval Squadron on 26 October 1916.

All of Little's victories were to be achieved with a Sopwith aircraft of one sort or another, including the Pup, Triplane and the Camel. In March 1918 Little joined 3 Naval Squadron (Later 203 Squadron RAF) as a Flight Commander.

The end came on the night of 27 May, when he went up alone from Ezil le Hamel to intercept enemy bombers in the dark. Fatally wounded in the groin, he crashed near Norviz where he was found next morning. He was buried in the village cemetery at Norviz, and subsequently in Wavans British cemetery, France. He was 22. Conforming to his wish, his widow brought their infant son to grow up in Australia.
Grave: D 7

He married Vera Gertrude Field, at the Congregational Church, Dover, on 16 September 1916.

Little is officially credited with a tally of 47 enemy planes brought down. He is Australia's World War I ace of aces. Little ranks eighth of all British Commonwealth aces.


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  • Created by: Troll'sBridge
  • Added: 13 Sep 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 97017234
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Robert Alexander “Rikki” Little (19 Jul 1895–27 May 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 97017234, citing Wavans British Cemetery, Beauvoir-Wavans, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France ; Maintained by Troll'sBridge (contributor 47862965) .