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Flt Cdr R Little, Eskdalemuir

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 7:55 pm    Post subject: Flt Cdr R Little, Eskdalemuir Reply with quote

UKNIWM Ref: 44137

OS Map Ref: NY 253 979

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely plaque which I had no knowledge of - thanks for adding it.
Can you tell me where it sits?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I cannot remember exactly but it must be right beside the main Eskdalemuir memorial outside the parish church (see my post on that memorial for location). Like you, I was not aware of it but just noticed it when photographing the main memorial.
The plaque is actually not that large and contains a lot of small script so is quite difficult to photograph. It is also not wearing well with the paint wearing off already even though the monument is less than 10 years old!
IMHO it would have been better to have put less but larger text on the plaque with perhaps a reference to where further details could be found.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: LITTLE, ROBERT ALEXANDER
Initials: R A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Flight Commander
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force
Unit Text: 203rd Sqdn.
Secondary Regiment: Royal Naval Air Service
Secondary Unit Text: formerly
Age: 22
Date of Death: 27/05/1918
Awards: D S O and Bar, D S C and Bar
Additional information: Croix de Guerre with star (France). Son of James Little, of Collins St., Melbourne; husband of Vera Little, of "Centreway", 263, Collins St., Melbourne, Australia.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: D. 7.
Cemetery: WAVANS BRITISH CEMETERY
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2020 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Robert Alexander Little (1895-1918) was Australia's highest-scoring fighter pilot during World War One, with 47 confirmed victories.

His wikipedia entry tells an amazing story. DSO and bar, DSC and bar. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_A._Little

He is well honoured in this country as well as in Australia.

He was given the nickname 'Rikki' from the Kiplings Rikki-Tikki-Tavi for his tenacity.
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