Born in Penton in Cumberland, Little became an engineer and joined the Amalgamated Society of Engineers (ASE) in 1897. By 1922, the ASE had become the Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU), and Little began working full-time for the union. He was elected as the union's president in 1933, serving until 1939.
During World War II, Little was a Director of Labour Supply for the Ministry of Labour and National Service. After the war, he served on the Admiralty Manpower Economy Committee and the Committee on Houses of Outstanding Historic and Architectural Interest.
|Trade union offices|
William Harold Hutchinson
| President of the Amalgamated Engineering Union
George Gibson and William Kean
| Trades Union Congress representative to the American Federation of Labour
With: William R. Townley
Joseph Jones and John W. Stephenson