SNARE, William George

No. R/1557, Able Seaman, William George SNARE
Aged 19

Royal Naval Volunteer Division, Anson Battalion
Killed in Action on Tuesday, 12th March 1918

William was born in Eriswell on the 12th November 1898 (Mildenhall Q1-1899 4A:879) son of John and Celia SNARE (née PALMER)

1901 census... Aged 2, William George was living at Rakebottom Farm with his father John SNARE [31] a horsekeeper on farm, born Wangford; his mother Celia [26] born Eriswell; brother Henry J [3] and sister Maud E [ 3 months] both born in Eriswell.

1911 census...Aged 13 recorded as Gorge Snare he was at 81 Chamberlain's Buildings, Eriswell with his parents, brother Henry (now recorded as Johnnie) a worker on farm, and sister Maude and a new sister, Alice [5] born in Eriswell. There had been another sibling, presumably born between Maud and Alice, but this child had died.

He joined the Army Reserves 27/11/16 and was mobilised in the RNVR on 7/6/17. Drafted for the British Expeditionary Force on 3/12/17, he was transferred to the Nelson Battalion on 8/1/18. On the 18/1/18 he incurred ICT (inflammatory connective tissue disorder) to his right hand, re-joined Anson Battalion on 28/2/18 and was killed in action on 12/3/18.

His entry in De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1924 reads:-
"SNARE, WILLIAM GEORGE, Able Seamn No.1557, Nelson Battn, Royal Naval Division, s.of John Snare, of Chamberlaine Buildings, Eriswell, Horse Keeper, by his wife, Celia, dau. of Henry Palmer; b. Eriswell, co, Suffolk, 28 No.1898; educ.there; was a sailor; enlisted 17 June, 1917; served with the Expeditioary Force in France from 4 Dec. following, and was killed in action at Flesquieres Chateau 1 March, 1918. Buried there; unm. "

Originally buried in Felsquieres Chateau Cemetery, those graves were concentrated in 1930 into Orival Wood Cemetery,where he now rests.

The Bury Free Press 16th February reported:-

We regret to hear that Able Seaman Geo.William Snare, of the Nelson Batt., was admitted to the 22nd General Hospital at Dannes Camiers, France, on January 23rd suffering from inflammation of the bone of the right wrist. Able Seaman Snare is the son of Mr. and Mrs John Snare, of Eriswell. His many friends wish him a speedy recovery.

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George William Snare is buried in Orival Wood Cemetery, Flesquieres, France grave 2:C:8

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