William Charles SNELL


SNELL, William Charles

Service Number: 2249
Enlisted: 5 April 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 60th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, January 1877
Home Town: Eaglehawk, Greater Bendigo, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Pneumonia-TB, Fovant Military Hospital, United Kingdom, 16 March 1917
Cemetery: Compton Chamberlayne Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Eaglehawk Uniting Church Honour Board and Memorial Windows
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World War 1 Service

5 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2249, 60th Infantry Battalion
1 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2249, 60th Infantry Battalion
1 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2249, 60th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Orsova, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 40 and the son of Richard May and Maria Snell; husband of J. M. Snell, of 172, Bank St., South Melbourne.

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 16th March........Private William Charles Snell (pictured) was born in 1877 at Eaglehawk, near Bendigo, Victoria. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 5th April, 1916 as a 9 year old, married Miner/Labourer from Eaglehawk, Victoria.

Private Snell arrived in England for further training on 14th September, 1916 & was posted to 15th Training Battalion, No. 14 Camp at Codford, Wiltshire. He was admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital at Bulford, Wiltshire on 17th October, 1916 & discharged on 19th December, 1916.

Private Snell was posted to No. 7 Camp, 15th Training Battalion at Hurdcott, Wiltshire on 19th December, 1916. He was admitted to Military Hospital at Fovant, Wiltshire on 4th February, 1917 with indigestion. From 10th March, 1917 Private Snell was treated for Tubercle of Lung.

Private William Charles Snell died at 6.20 a.m. on 16th March, 1917 of Tubercle of the lung at the Military Hospital at Fovant, Wiltshire, England.

He was buried on 19th March, 1917 in Compton Chamberlayne War Graves Cemetery, Wiltshire where 26 other WW1 Australian Soldiers are buried.