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M/13779   Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class Samuel Lyttle
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 06/06/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: HMS Fame, Royal Navy (British Navy)
Date Of Birth: 23/12/1882
Died: 28/07/1918 (Died)
Age: 35
Samuel Lyttle was born in Pomeroy, Co Tyrone. He was the son of James and Mary Lyttle. He was the husband of Florence Lyttle, of 208, Willingham Street, Grimsby. He is commemorated on St James, Grimsby WW1 Roll of Honour.
Further Information
Samuel Lyttle was the son of James and Mary Lyttle. James Little and Mary Miller were married on 24th February 1859 in the district of Cookstown.
Samuel Little was born on 23rd December 1882 in Pomeroy. It seems he was the second youngest of a large family.
The spelling of the surname changes throughout the records, Lyttle being preferred here.
GRONI records for Pomeroy are notoriously poor. Here is the family as far as can be established.
Known family: James Lyttle, Mary Lyttle, Susanna Lyttle (born 20th July 1866), Margaret Lyttle (born 6th June 1867), Unk-female Lyttle (born 22nd April 1869), Unk-female Lyttle (born 7th March 1871), Unk-male Lyttle (born 19th July 1873), Unk-female Lyttle (born 26th October 1875), Unk-female Lyttle (born 27th March 1878), Unk-female Lyttle (born 26th March 1880), Samuel Lyttle (born 23rd December 1882), Unk-male Lyttle (born 17th August 1885).
Samuel cannot be found on either the 1901 or 1911 Irish Census.
Samuel was married to Florence Lyttle.
Samuel joined the Royal Navy on 25th May 1915. He became a trimmer and fitter.
Seaman's Services
Samuel Lyttle served on Pembroke from 5th May 1915 until 19th July 1915. He then served on St George from 20th July until 5th November 1915. He then served on Wallington from 6th November 1915 until 26th June 1916. He served on Pembroke again from 27th June 1916.
Seaman's Services
He served on HMS Fame from 9th August 1917 until his death.
HMS Fame 1897
HMS Fame 1900
In July 1918 HMS Fame was in dry dock in Hong Kong. On 26th July 1918, ERA Lyttle was discharged to hospital.
Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class Samuel Lyttle was serving on board H.M.S. Fame when he died on 28th July 1918. He was 35 years old.
On 28th July 1918 at 3.50pm a funeral party landed for ERA Samuel Lyttle.
Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class Samuel Lyttle is buried in Hong Kong Cemetery.
Engine Room Artificer S Lyttle is commemorated on St James, Grimsby WW1 Roll of Honour.
The CWGC record Engine Room Artificer S Lyttle as the son of James and Mary Lyttle. He is also recorded as the husband of Florence Lyttle of 208 Willingham Street, Grimsby.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Pomeroy area Pomeroy Born in Pomeroy area 54.593555 -6.928682
References and Links
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1 Absent voters - Grimsby 1919 - L LYTTLE, Samuel 43 Pasture Street - H.M.S. Tamar, M13779, E.R.D.I.V.
2 Diary HMS Fame Brief details of Samuel Lyttle's death
3 Photo of Samuel Lyttle's grave
4 National Archives UK - Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services card can be purchased here
5 Royal Navy Casualties 1918 hints Samuel was killed by the Spanish Flu pandemic.
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Samuel Lyttle's grave can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023