Chatteris WW1 Soldier George Sneesby 12292. Chatteris Remembers Biography
Name George Sneesby Lance Corporal, 12292, Battalion, No. 2nd Suffolk Regiment Died 9th April 1917 Name George Sneesby was born in 1894, the second son of John and Mary Ann. In 1911 he was a farm labourer, living at 18 Curtiss Road. The family tree indicates that he married Ellen Booth subsequently and they moved to Peterborough, where they had a child. The Rev. Danvers, on George’s death, stated that he was the first Chatteris man to enlist in 1914, the first of many to join the Suffolk Regiment. George went to France on 30th May, 1915. He was wounded in July 1916, when his battalion was on the Somme, and returned to France in October. He was killed on Easter Monday as his battalion attacked on the first day of the Battle of Arras and was buried in Tilloy British Cemetery. His officer wrote in a letter to his parents “He was in charge of my Lewis Gun Section & I regarded him as quite the best of my young NCO’s. He marched beside me when coming up to the line on Good Friday evening and was cheerful and quite looking forwards to the “push”. I saw him when we went over the top on Easter Monday morning and wished him luck. We had a long way to go over the open before we reached the trenches we had to take and it was not until we were quite near our objective that your son was unfortunately struck by a machine gun bullet.” The Regimental Diary states that the attack was a success with casualties that were ”comparatively light, scarcely exceeding 100 all told.” George’s mother, wife and child would not have agreed with that statement. Project File contains: • CWGC certificate • ”Soldiers Died” • Medal Roll • Census for 1911 • Part of family tree • Regimental Diary except • Cambs Times May 4th 1917
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