|(1782 - c1860)
||(c1801 - c1870)|
|Born 25/09/1828 in Batter Street-Presbyterian, Plymouth [igi]|
|Baptised 12/10/1828 in Batter Street-Presbyterian, Plymouth [igi]|
|Died c03/1900 in Steyning, Sussex [freebmd]|
|Jane Bennett (1830 - 1875)|
|Mary Ann Sheldon (c1845 - 1886)|
| c06/1876 in Chipping Norton [freebmd]|
|Charlotte Littlejohns (1821)|
|Mary Ann Littlejohns (1823)|
|Emma Littlejohns (1825)|
|Elizabeth Littlejohns (1855 - 1915)|
|Edwin Littlejohns (1857 - 1896)|
|Frederick Littlejohns (1859 - c1915)|
|Sarah Jane Littlejohns (1861 - 1942)|
|Frank Littlejohns (1863 - 1877)|
|Charles Littlejohns (1864 - c1925)|
|William Littlejohns (1869 - c1930)|
|(Milly) Nellie Littlejohns (1871 - c1940)|
|Joseph Harry Littlejohns (c1877)|
|Marion E. Littlejohns (c1879)|
|Beatrice Victoria ? Littlejohns (1880 - c1890)|
|Alfred Littlejohns (1882)|
He went to the Crimean War in the 1850s, as an engineer. Apparently, he had
his thumb shot off. On his return, he
set up a stage carpentry business in the East End of London.
Most of his children became involved with the theatre.
As technology progressed, his business went bankrupt and he spent time in
He eventually moved to Brighton with his daughter Sarah Jane Littlejohns, where
Confidential had this information about details of his pay from the Crimea
exist in the Paymaster's Ledger for the Army Works Corps (National Archives
He was paid £3.17
weekly from 18 December 1855 to 17 August 1856 plus a gratuity of £30 and
an extra gratuity for additional services of £100.
The first payment was £20.18 on 25 January 1856 - 38 days pay apparently
reckoned as from 18 December 1855. The last regular pay day was 11 July 1856,
but on 17 August 1856 he was paid £20.07 for 37 days covering the time
from July 11. Pay days were on Fridays apart from his pay on Sunday August 17.
Each week's entry states "Allotment 50/-, Cash 27/-", presumably indicating
that he had asked for 50/- to be deposited in England, or paid to his parents
or something like that.
Income tax 5/2 was deducted weekly from 11 April 1856, this was at the rate of
1s 4d in the pound then charged on incomes of over £150 p.a. No tax was
chard on incomes under £100 p.a. and he managed to earn well under this
in both the year April 4 1856 and the next (assuming the gratuities were
tax-free), so he paid no tax down to April 4 and got the tax afterwards
refunded, as shown at the end of the account.
£3.17 weekly = £200 p.a. was a very respectable salary. An 1843
Almanac (British Almanac, Companion page 38), which quotes one of Chadwick's
Poor Law Reports as saying the salary of £150 p.a. was "as much as
lieutenant of engineers and a private, or as much as three sergeants of
sappers and miners". So you would assume he must have had quite a responsible
position in the Work Corps. An ordinary workers wage was about 8s a week.
The gratuities (plus perhaps the 50/- A week saved) presumably enabled him to
start his building and theatrical contracting business in which he was very
successful until 1896 or earlier, when he supposedly went bankrupt.
Rumours have it that while an engineer in the Crimean war he had his left
thumb shot off. Which might explain the additional gratuities paid to him.
Peace was proclaimed in April 1856 and the allies quit the Crimea on the 12 July
following armistice 25 February - 31 March and declaration of peace 2 April
1856, Crimea evacuated 9 July.