Lance Sergeant George Snell

Date of Birth c. 1897
Age at Death 21
Date of Death 5 October 1918
Service Number 653356
Military Service 21st Battalion First Surrey Rifles
Merton Address 16 Pelham Road, Wimbledon
Local Memorial Rutlish School, Merton

Additional Information

George was born in Wimbledon early in 1896, the youngest child of William James Snell, a Hosier’s Assistant, and his wife Eva Sarah.

His eldest brother William was born in 1879, followed by Richard in 1885, Robert in 1888, Mary in 1891 and Charles in 1893. George was baptised on 1 April 1896 in Holy Trinity Church, Wimbledon.

At the time of the 1901 census the family were living at 232 Haydons Road, Wimbledon but by 1911 they had moved to 16 Pelham Road and George attended Rutlish School from 1910 to 1911. They moved again during the next few years and, by 1918, George’s father had died and his mother was living at 61a Merton Road.

George initially enlisted in the East Surrey Regiment with the service number 2741 but after five months in France he was sent home with trench fever and two wounds. Whilst in England he was made a Lance Sergeant Instructor and later transferred to the 21st Battalion of the London Regiment (First Surrey Rifles) service number 653356. His regiment took part in the 2nd Battle of the Somme and the Final Advance at Artois but he was killed in action on 5 October 1918. He left his mother £150 4s 6d in his will.

George is buried in plot VI.F.13 Aubers Ridge British Cemetery and commemorated at Rutlish School.


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