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Christopher Snell; 2nd Lieut Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Reg


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I'd be grateful of any information about:

Christopher Snell

Second Lieutenant, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment).

Died July 14th 1916, age 21.

Buried in Wandsworth (Streatham) Cemetery, London.

He is one of few war casualties buried in England, so perhaps he was injured and died

whilst in hospital here?

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do you know anything else to avoid duplication ? ie London gazette dates ? MIC ?


and I bet theres a fair few buried here - I have medals to 3 Coldstreamers from memory buried in the UK but fought ww1

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Hi phil1963,

Birth registered March quarter 1895, Registration District of Wandsworth (vol. 1d page 849}

1901 census - resident at 94, Newland Road, Clapham. Born Streatham Hill, London. Also resident parents (Father - Bernard Joseph, age 44. Independent Minister. Born Earlswood, Surrey. Mother - Kate, age 45. Born Gateshead, Durham) and siblings.

1911 census - resident in boarding school in Mill Hill, Hendon. Born Clapham

CWGC has him as "Son of Bernard Joseph and Kate Emley Snell of 31 Mount Nod Rd., Streatham. Student at Wadham College, Oxford"

London Gazette (issue 28995, page 10304, published 4/12/1914) appears to have him as a cadet to be appointed with a temporary commission in the infantry (no regiment specified) dated 3/12/1914.

Medal Roll/MIC show a "history" of service:

"13 Lond R Pte 2858

10th Bn W. Riding R T/2 Lieut

1 T/2 Lieut

- " - 2 Lt"

1st theatre entered - France 26/8/15. (Medal entitlement for 1914/15 Star from the officers roll of the West Riding Regiment)

Medals issued to: Rev B J Snell (Father), 31 Mount Nod Rd, Streatham, SW 16

SDGW shows him as 10th Battalion. Date of death 14.7.16

If he were wounded in France, and evacuated to England where he died, he may well be named (as an officer) as a casualty in the unit war diary (on an earlier date):

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C7353259

The National Archive have his Service Record (probably weeded though):

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C1057183

Regards

Chris

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