Richard (Dick) SNELL

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SNELL, Richard

Service Number: 3935
Enlisted: 18 December 1915, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 51st Infantry Battalion
Born: Allandale, Victoria, May 1895
Home Town: Midland, Swan, Western Australia
Schooling: Midland Junction State School
Occupation: Letterpress machinist
Died: Killed in Action, Pozières, France, 14 August 1916
Cemetery: Pozières British Cemetery
I.A.26 Grave Ref Number
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Midland WW1 Clock Tower & Town Hall Memorial
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World War 1 Service

18 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3935, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
12 Feb 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3935, 28th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
12 Feb 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3935, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Miltiades, Fremantle
14 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3935, 51st Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Blake Snell

"PTE. R. ("DICK") SNELL

Killed in action in France. The late Pte. Snell was a son of Mr. and Mrs. P. Snell, of Boundary road, Midland Junction, and was just over 21 years old. Prior to enlistment he had been for "Camp Chronicle." He had received some training in the Signallers, but joined the Infantry as he was anxious to get to the front without loss of time. When last heard of he was a member of a Battalion Intelligence Platoon which was in charge of Sergt. Halvorsen (another Midland boy), amongst the duties of which are to supply men for the hazardous duty of patrolling No Man's Land (between the British and German trenches) at night. It was possibly while engaged in this dangerous work that he gave his life. The late "Dick" Snell was held in affectionate regard by every member of the "Chronicle" staff, who tender to his bereaved relatives their deepest sympathy." - from the Midland Junction Camp Chronicle 21 Sep 1916 (nla.gov.au)

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