Victor is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.

Photograph courtesy of Karen


Born: 6th June 1897, Ipswich.

Died: 9th October 1917; age: 20; KiA.

Enlistment Location: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.


Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 267865.

Regiment: West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own),  1st/7th Battalion.

Formerly 2661, Suffolk Regiment, 5th Battalion and 6143, West Yorkshire Regiment.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 42 to 47 & 162.

Tyne Cot Memorial,







1901   Post Office, Shelley, Suffolk.


Victor was 3 years old and living with his paternal grandparents & cousin.

John Snell, 42, a Horseman on Farm, born Preston St. Mary, Suffolk.

Eliza Ann Snell (nee Smith), 42, born Lavenham, Suffolk.

Edward Snell, 13, a Letter Carrier, born Preston St. Mary.


1911   Burstall, Suffolk.


Victor was 13 years old, a Kitchen Boy – Domestic. He was living with his grandparents & cousins.

John, 51, a Horseman on Farm.

Eliza, 52.

Edward, 23, a Chauffeur – Domestic.

Robert Snell, 4, born Poplar, London.


Father: Charles Harry Snell Smith, born 1877, Lavenham.

Mother: Alice Snell (nee Staff), born 1876, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Charles Henry Snell – father.


Victor and his brother Harry are remembered on the war memorial at Barrow, Suffolk.


Family Note from Phill:

All I can tell you about Victor and Harry was that they were never spoke about and my father who was the son of Frederick Snell the 3rd son told my father that he was the eldest son and my father never even knew that Victor and Harry existed until a few years ago when i did some family research and found out the truth – I guess it was too painful for Charles and Alice to talk about it – but I stumbled upon your page today and it’s the first time I have seen images and write ups of my two great uncles and I am truly moved by it – I knew all the facts surrounding there demise but to see pictures of people who have not been known to my family for generations is moving – I have been to Barrow and laid flowers at the memorial ( I live in Bournemouth) I have said that I will not forget them and I don’t think that the family should not talk of them anymore their sacrifice should be honoured not unspoken- I will show my father who is 85 the newspaper clippings- Frederick my grandfather and their brother moved to Derbyshire/ Burton upon Trent where our branch of the family live.


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