Cumberbatch Family History

Charles Leslie Little

Charles Leslie Little

Male 1932 - 2015  (82 years)

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  • Name Charles Leslie Little  [1, 2, 3
    Born 2 Dec 1932  Bromley, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 19 Mar 1955  31 Walnuts Road, Orpington, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Driver 
    Residence 19 Mar 1955  31 Walnuts Road, Orpington, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died 24 Oct 2015  Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Charles Leslie Little Order of Service
    Charles Leslie Little Order of Service
    Media Date: 9 NOV 2015
    Keywords: Picture
    Charles Leslie Little Order of Service
    Charles Leslie Little Order of Service
    Media Date: 9 NOV 2015
    Keywords: Picture
    Charles Leslie Little Order of Service
    Charles Leslie Little Order of Service
    Media Date: 9 NOV 2015
    Keywords: Picture
    Charles Leslie Little Order of Service
    Charles Leslie Little Order of Service
    Media Date: 9 NOV 2015
    Keywords: Picture
    Buried Nov 2015  Charles L Little memorial, Garden of Remembrance, St Giles Churchyard, Farnborough, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Charles L Little Memorial Garden of Remembrance St Giles Farnborough Kent
    Charles L Little Memorial Garden of Remembrance St Giles Farnborough Kent
    Picture Note: In Loving Memory of
    Picture Note: Charles L Little
    Picture Note: 2.12.1932-24.10.2015
    Media Date: OCT 2015
    Keywords: Picture
    Cremated 9 Nov 2015  Kemnal Park Cemetery, Sidcup By-Pass, Chislehurst, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reference Number 0008491 
    Person ID I8491  Cumberbatch
    Last Modified 4 Jan 2018 

    Father Charles Joseph Little,   b. Between Jul 1883 and Sep 1883, Upper Norwood, Lambeth, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 May 1939, Bromley Registration District, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years) 
    Mother Jessie Caroline Monk,   b. 28 Jul 1888, Hertford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1953, Bromley Registration District, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married Yes, date unknown 
    Notes 
    • I cannot find a marriage of Jessie Caroline MONK/PARKER and Charles Joseph LITTLE between 1915 and 1937.
    Family ID F2635  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
    Last Modified 15 Jul 2016 
    Family ID F2631  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 2 Dec 1932 - Bromley, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Driver - 19 Mar 1955 - 31 Walnuts Road, Orpington, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 19 Mar 1955 - 31 Walnuts Road, Orpington, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Oct 2015 - Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Nov 2015 - Charles L Little memorial, Garden of Remembrance, St Giles Churchyard, Farnborough, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCremated - 9 Nov 2015 - Kemnal Park Cemetery, Sidcup By-Pass, Chislehurst, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Charlie Leslie Little
    Charlie Leslie Little
    Keywords: Picture
    Charles Leslie Little
    Charles Leslie Little
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  • Notes 
    • Charlie was born on the 2nd of December, 1932 in Orpington.

      The youngest of six children, he had four sisters, Jessie, Margie, Joan, and Gladys, plus his brother Joe.

      Sadly, Charlie’s father died when he was just 7, and it was left to his mother, Caroline, to take care of the family. At the time, they were living in the Poverest area in Orpington, which in those days, had a village atmosphere, unlike now of course.

      And it was here that Charlie spent his childhood years, initially attending primary school in St Mary Cray, and then to Hearns Rise senior school, leaving when he was 14, which was usual in those days.

      These were certainly very unsettled times - for some while, the dark and ominous storm clouds, had been gathering on Europe’s horizon, a grim foreboding of the horrors that were to unfold, when the storm clouds burst, and the second world broke out. Charlie was only seven at the time.

      The little family were not wealthy, and the effects of war made things worse for everyone. Even after the cessation of hostilities, rationing, and general depravation continued for several years.

      In spite of all this, we know Charlie had a happy childhood - for him, the lack of money to buy a football was not an issue – he was content to make do with an old tin can playing with his friends, and Charlie had a lot of them – he was a popular boy.

      He was also very devoted to his mother, they were extremely close indeed. She was conscientious at bringing up all of her children very well,

      Charlie’s first job was working for Watson’s the greengrocers – Quite well known in the area, they had two or three shops, and Charlie made deliveries to customers’ houses, all around the St Mary Cray area, by horse and cart.

      As he reached 18, Charlie received his call up papers, for the two year long national service.

      He joined the army, in the Royal West Kent regiment, and got a posting to Malaya, where he spent the whole of his service period.
      At that time, the Malayan civil uprising was taking place, And Charlie saw some action.

      On board ship, coming home at last, tragically he was to be dealt a cruel blow by the hand of fate – summoned to see the captain, Charlie was told his mother had died. Unable to be back in time for the funeral, as he could not get off the ship – he was understandably devastated.

      These terrible circumstances left their mark for many years – But thankfully, events were to take a very different turn for Charlie: and in the fullness of time, changed his life completely, albeit, I might add, very much for the better, as we shall find out.

      Charlie went to live with one of his sisters, in Wellington Road, St Mary Cray.

      And one evening, a certain Marie Diane Brown, was walking home, with a friend, from a dance that had been held in St Mary Cray – Marie was living at Amherst Drive, Orpington.

      It just so happened that Charlie, was also walking home with his friend, and he said hello to Marie. They did know each other by sight, because they worked very near to each other, but clearly, on this particular evening, there was romance in the air – and indeed a mutual attraction – the four walked home – Marie was 16 and Charlie 20.

      They started to go out together, and over a year’s courtship, romance steadily blossomed – it would be nice to report that romantic attachment also ensued, between their respective friends, but alas, I am reliably informed, that was not the case for them!

      Charlie was now very anxious to get married, and settle down in his own home, but he was still very unsettled, following the death of his mother.

      Perhaps recognising this, and thinking that it was best to wait a little while, (we do not know) - but whatever the reason, Marie refused his offer, and the courtship continued with them going out together, and thoroughly enjoying themselves, until eventually the happy couple were married on the 19th of March, 1955, at All Saints Church, Orpington.

      And it shows how determined Charlie was to “tie the knot” – he had already purchased furniture for them.

      After their marriage, they went to live with Marie’s mother, to whom Charlie became very close. He was also like a brother to Marie’s brothers, Jimmy and Ronnie, and sister Carol. She also had twin brothers, Michael and Tony, both of whom were in the Forces, doing their national service. They had happy times together, with Christmases that were terrific fun.

      Charlie was by now a driver for a store in Orpington High Street, and while they were still living with Marie’s mother, the Little Family became complete, on the 3rd of July 1957, with the birth of their twin girls, Jeannette, and Jackie.

      The following year, Charlie’s ambition, of having their own house was fulfilled, in Ramsden, Orpington, with a further move around 1960 to Sherbourne Road.

      Charlie became a driver for C&C Lemonade in Orpington, who were taken over by Schweppes, and they in turn, were acquired by Coca Cola – Charlie stayed with them through all the changes, leaving just before his retirement, to join Orpington Hospital, initially as a porter, then becoming the postman, and it was from this position, Charlie retired at age 65.

      Having talked about the early days, his working career, romance and the family, what do we know about Charlie the person, his character, personality, hobbies, pastimes, and interests?

      A kind, thoughtful and generous man, with a good sense of humour, for Charlie, his family were absolutely everything to him. He always managed to make them laugh.

      He absolutely loved spending time with them all, and had infinite patience, and understanding, even with the youngest members. You could almost say, they were his hobbies, and pastimes, and indeed, his whole world, all rolled into one!

      He did like cars though, owning quite a variety of makes, and models over the years, one of his favourites being a Vauxhall Victor, which he diligently washed and polished.

      He also really looked forward to holidays, which included, at the caravan in Rye, with the family, cruises, coaching holidays with friends, and the four or five trips to Malta, which was probably his favourite foreign destination.

      Charlie’s extended family includes four grandchildren, Jim, Rob, Shaun, and Claire - who was born a few days after his 50th birthday – the two always shared their birthday celebration, and the cake.

      There are 12 great grandchildren as well, who knew him as Grandpa, and Charlie also had a good relationship with both his son-in-laws, John and Michael.

      And so it is, we are nearing the time, when we must all consider saying our final farewells, to this kind and likeable man, that was most certainly Charlie, but before we do, I would like to ask Sean and Claire to come up and pay their tributes to their Grandfather.

      But now we really must say good bye. Marie, Jeannette and Jackie, will of course, miss Charlie so very much. Jim, Rob, Shaun and Clare, will also feel the loss, as will his great grandchildren, together too with other close family, friends, and acquaintances alike.


  • Sources 
    1. [S48] Birth Index - England, British Government, 1933 Mar Qtr Bromley Vol: 2a Page: 937.
      Charles L LITTLE Mother's Maidename: MONK

    2. [S78] Marriage Index - England, General Register Office, (Location: Southport, Merseyside;), 1955 Mar Qtr Bromley Vol:5b Page: 280.
      LITTLE Charles L & BROWN
      BROWN Marie D & LITTLE

    3. [S8741] Marriage Orpington Parish Church, Orpington, Kent, England 19 Mar 1955 Charles Leslie Little & Marie Diana Brown, (36).