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Edwin Littlejohns Leonora Gertrude E. Peakome
(1857 - 1896) (1857 - 1909)
Captain Horace Edwin Cole Littlejohns
Born c08/1880 in St. Giles, Middlesex [freebmd]
Died 29/06/1946 in Southbourne, Hampshire
Emily Grace Gertrude Porter (1874 - 1960)
Emily Gertrude Littlejohns (1878 - 1922)
Sybil Mabel Littlejohns (1882 - c1940)
Dorothy Gladys Littlejohns (1884 - 1972)
Claude Septimus Frank Littlejohns (1885 - c1950)
Doris Emily Gertrude Littlejohns (1905 - 1997)
(Dick) Edith Gladys Littlejohns (1909 - 1969)
Extra information
Was a Captain in the British Army's Welsh Regiment.

On 04/04/2009, I visited his daughter, Confidential, who was then 98 years old. I asked her about her father.
She said that he taught himself to read and write, and was once awarded 'Freedom of the City of London', which also transfers to all his children. I asked her how he got that, expecting her to talk about the First World War. But she said, 'oh that was from the Boer War...'.

She says that the family lived in the East End of London, and were very gentle people, and were very musical, but quite poor. He decided to stow away on a ship to the Boer War, because he was too young to join properly, in the 1890s. His mother found out that he was going to do it, and ran to the docks in her Victorian gear and silly shoes, but arrived just as the ship was pulling out. She (the mother) saw all the boys on the deck waving goodbye. She (the daughter) said that it was a terrible time, and he was one of only eighteen that came back. At one point, he was thrown in the back of a train with all the dead bodies, and it was only when somebody noticed a leg twitching that he was pulled out again.

When he joined up for the World War, he was made Captain straight away because of his experience in the Boer War. The officers were given whiskey and gold flake cigarettes in the officer's room to give them Dutch courage before they had to lead/send the boys over the top. She said that, because of this, he became addicted to whiskey and cigarettes after the war, and any spare money that the family had was spent on them. Both his legs were terribly scarred all over from mustard gas. He died of cancer because of the cigarettes at the age of 62. She was adamant that it was the Government's fault for getting him hooked on whiskey and cigarettes in the trenches.

My mother, Confidential told me that he was in terrible pain at the end of his life, and the family doctor decided to give him an overdose of morphine.

My mother also gave me a book that was written by him, and published in 1927 under a pseudonym. It is fiction, containing some science fiction elements and is called 'The Brain-Box, by One of the Unemployed'.
Direct ancestors
 1 Edwin Littlejohns (1857 - 1896)
  2 Edwin Littlejohns (1828 - 1900)
   3 Edward Littlejohns (1782 - c1860)
    4 Jeremiah Littlejohns (1747)
     5 Mary Littlejohns (1728)
      6 John Littlejohns (c1695)
      6 Elizabeth Fox (c1696)
    4 Susanna Littlejohns (1756)
     5 John Littlejohns (1720 or 1719)
      6 John Littlejohns (c1695)
      6 Elizabeth Fox (c1696)
     5 Elizabeth Brawn
   3 Sarah Ady (c1801 - c1870)
  2 Jane Bennett (1830 - 1875)
   3 Samuel Bennett (c1800 - c1860)
   3 Charity Johns (c1801 - c1870)
 1 Leonora Gertrude E. Peakome (1857 - 1909)
  2 Edward James Peakome (c1822 - c1900)
  2 Emily Cole (c1828 - 1863)
   3 James Cole (c1786 - 1873)
    4 James Cole
    4 Mary
   3 Theodosia Parry (1794)
    4 Thomas Parry
    4 Mary
Direct descendants
 1 Doris Emily Gertrude Littlejohns (1905 - 1997)
  2 Confidential
 1 (Dick) Edith Gladys Littlejohns (1909 - 1969)
  2 Confidential
  2 Confidential
 1 Confidential
 1 Confidential

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