Egypt medal, reverse 1882, 3 bars, Suakin 1884, The Nile 1884-85, Abu Klea, 4180 Pte W. Littlefair, Army Hospital Corps. A very rare and interesting multi bar medal to the A.H.C. 1 of 3 men at Abu Klea who also served in 1882 and 1884 Campaigns.
William Littlefair was born in Reeth, Richmond, Yorkshire during 1859. Having worked as a Grocer he attested for service at Manchester on 18th September 1879 aged 21, joining the Army Hospital Corps.
He was posted to Egypt and during the first campaign of 1882 he was commended as he “Was employed in the Cholera Camp at Ismalia and exhibited great zeal and care in attending on the sick, during the whole period of the epidemic.”
On 31st December 1884 he was appointed as 2nd Class Orderly/Private with the Medical Staff Corps.
He later took part in the 1884 campaign on operations near Suakin and in the Nile Expedition of 1884-85, including the battle of Abu Klea.
At Abu Klea he was one of only 58 other ranks of the Medical Staff Corps present at the battle, being one of only 3 who were present in both the 1882 and 1884 campaigns.
He continued his service until he was discharged to the Army Reserve on 29th January 1887, being discharged fully after 4 years with the reserve, totalling 12 years of service on 17th September 1891.