Image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.


Born: 28th March 1875, Hornsey, Middlesex.

Died: 14th July 1916; age 41; KiA instantaneously – leading his men Longueval.

Residence: ‘Redlands’ Warrington Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Dental Surgeon.

Enlistment Date: August 1914.

 Norris for some time held a commission in the 1st Suffolk and Harwich Royal Garrison Artillery, from which he retired. He volunteered soon after war broke out and on the 3rd December 1914 he was gazetted Lieutenant – East Yorkshire Regiment. Promoted Captain – April 1915.

Date of Entry Therein: August 1915.

Wounded: Severely wounded in the chest, neck and arm at Loos in September 1915 – After being for a time in a hospital in France he went to Lincoln Hospital, and later was removed to Ipswich Hospital, where he remained until his recovery. Returned to France March 1916 to rejoin his regiment.


Rank: Dental Surgeon – Team Captain

Regiment: East Yorkshire Regiment, 8th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Pier & Face 2C.

Thiepval Memorial,






1881   7, Grove Terrace, Chestnut Grove, Streatham, London.


Norris was 6 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Joseph Snell, 38, a Wholesale Drapery Warehouseman, born Cotehele, Calstock, Cornwall.

Mary Elizabeth Snell, 36, born Laucaston, Cornwall.

Amelia Mary Snell, 9, born Dalston, Middlesex.

Herbert Snell, 10 months, born Balham, Surrey.

1 visitor

1 general domestic servant.


1891   30, Benson Road, Sydenham, London.


Norris was 16 years old, a Dental Pupil. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Joseph, 48, a Wholesale Drapery Warehouseman.

Mary, 46.

Amelia, 19, a Daily Governess.

Herbert, 10.

Arthur Snell, 6, born Aldenham, Kent.

1 general domestic servant.


1901   11, Museum Street, Ipswich.


Norris was 26 years old, a Dental Surgeon – at home.

2 servants – a married couple employed as butler & housekeeper.


1911   63, Anglesea Road, Ipswich.


Norris was 36, years old, a Dentist – employer. He was married and Head of the household.

Ethel, 32.

Joyce, 5.

2 visitors

1 cook

1 housekeeper.


Norris was educated at Dulwich College, South East London, following on to Guy’s College Hospital as a Dental Student – entered 1893, his home address given as 30, Benson Road, Forrest Hill, South East London. Norris qualified in 1896 with the Licence in Dental Surgery awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons of England.


Norris never lived in Woking, although he had a vote on the strength of ownership of a house in Woking next door to his parents.








On the 9th April 1904, at the St. Marylebone’s Parish Church, London, Norris married Ethel Mary Canton, born 1879, Anerley, Surrey. They had 1 daughter:

Joyce Canton Snell, born March 1906, Ipswich.


Soldiers Effects to Herbert Snell – brother. Then later, jointly, to Joseph Snell Esq. – father & Harry Scotchmer Gotelee.


Probate to Herbert Snell – a dental surgeon.


On the 16th February 1922 Norris’s medals were sent to his widow Mrs M. Snell, of  ‘Redcote’ 2, Paget Road, Ipswich.


Norris’s brother also fell:

Herbert Snell, Second Lieutenant of the London Regiment, 24th (County of London) Battalion (The Queen’s). KiA whilst returning from patrol duty – 7th April 1917- age 36. Buried Brown’s Road Military Cemetery, Festubert, Pas de Calais, France. Herbert was also a Dental Surgeon, of ‘Essendene’ Chobham Road & ‘Corrie’ Kettlewell, Woking, Surrey.


Norris is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Guy’s Hospital and the Woking War memorial, Surrey, and the memorial boards at The Welcome Church, Church Street, Woking – formerly the Woking Coign Baptist Church, and at the British Dental Association, London.

East Yorkshire Regiment, 8th Battalion

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  • Hello. Re Norris Snell. Norris Snell and his brother Herbert are on Woking War Memorial, Surrey, not Working War memorial London. They also appear on two memorial boards made for Woking Baptist Church and now in the possession of its successor church The Welcome Church, Church St, Woking. We are still investigating the Baptist link, as having researched Herbert for Horsell War Memorial we found that his widow married the curate of Horsell. Furthermore Norris never seemed to have lived in Woking, although he had a vote on the strength of owenership of the house in Woking next door to his parents. There is a bit more about him on the King’s College London site, under war memorials


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