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

Photograph courtesy of Karen.


Born: 16th May 1899, Ipswich.

Died: 16th August 1917 Death presumed ; age 18.

Enlistment Location: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 260036.

Regiment: Gloucestershire Regiment, 1st/5th Battalion.

Formerly Private, 240722, of the 1/4th Suffolk Regiment.


Medals Awarded: Victory and British War.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 72 to 75.

Tyne Cot Memorial,





CENSUS    Harry’s father and siblings were all registered at birth as Smith (the surname of his paternal grandmother), on the census the family name was Snell (the surname of his paternal grandfather).


1901   12, Hill Street, St. Helen’s, Ipswich.


Harry was a year old and living with his parents.

Charles Henry Snell, 24, a Stoker – Stationary Engineers, born Lavenham, Suffolk.

Alice Snell (nee Staff), 28, born Ipswich.


1911   Barrow, Suffolk.


Harry was 11 years old and living with his parents, siblings & his visiting maternal aunt.

Charles, 34, a Factory Manager – Clothing Manufacturers.

Alice, 35.

Frederick Gordon Snell, 9, born Ipswich.

Ivy Grace Snell, 6, born Ipswich.

Donald Edwin Snell, 1, born Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.

Ruby Alice Mary Snell, 1 month, born Barrow.

Mary Ann Bloomfield (nee Staff), 47, born Ipswich.


Soldiers Effects to Charles Henry Snell – father.


Harry and his brother Victor 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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