SNELL (SMITH), Charles Victor

No.267865, Lance Corporal, Victor SNELL
Aged 20

1st/7th Battalion (Leeds Rifles), West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales' Own)
formerly 2661, 5th Bn, Suffolk Regt.
Killed in Action on 9th October 1917

Charles Victor SMITH was born in Ipswich (3rd qtr 1897 Ipswich 4a:900) son of Charles Henry and Alice SMITH (née STAFF).Sometime along the way Charles H Smith changed the family name back to SNELL. Charles himself was the son of John SNELL and Eliza Ann SMITH and in that generation there were also some using SNELL and others SMITH. He married Alice STAFF as Charles H SMITH in 1896 but by the 1901 census they were SNELL. Despite that, Charles Victor was registered as SMITH.

1901 census...Aged 3, Victor was at Post Office, Shelley with his grandfather John SNELL [42] horseman on farm, born Preston, Suffolk; his grandmother Eliza [42] born Lavenham and cousin Edward SNELL [13] letter carrier born Preston, Suffolk.

1911 census...Aged 13, a kitchen boy, he was at Burstall, Ipswich with his grandparents John and Eliza; cousin Edward (now recorded as SMITH) and brother (or cousin) Robert SNELL [4] born Poplar

His brother Harry Snell was killed in Belgium in August 1917 see here

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds.

The battalion were involved in the attack on the Belle Vue Spur, 9th October 1917. CWGC records 106 killed that day in the battalion, only 6 have known graves.

photo CWGC

Victor Snell is commemorated on the Tyen Cot Memorial, Belgium panels 42 to 47

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