William Sneesby.

William Sneesby in full military uniform of the Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalions.

 From a local newspaper 15/9/1916 = Pte. W. Sneesby, son of Mr. Robert Sneesby, and Pte. J. H. Dighton, son of Mr. W. Dighton, West street, Godmanchester, were buried by shell fire, but were subsequently rescued.  

 From a local paper 13/10/1916 = Mr. Sneesby, of West Street, Godmanchester, has been informed of the death of his son, Pte. Sneesby, Beds. Regt., previously reported wounded.  His right hand was blown off and he succumbed to the injuries.  He was a single man, and prior to the war was employed on Mr. Gadsby's farm.

A collection of items from a relative of William showing his medals the 'Copper Penny' his two shoulder titles badges as well as a card written to his mother from the trenches of Northern France.  The button between the two shoulder titles is a Lovat Scout button and it was given to all men of the Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion that enlisted in the early stages of recruitment at meetings where Lord Lovat conducted the recruiting.  See poster for one such meeting held at Huntingdon.
William Sneesby identified on photo [third soldier from the left in the front row].

As private 43021, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. 

He died of wounds on Monday 25th September 1916 in France & Flanders Aged 19. 

Being born and resident Godmanchester he enlisted in Huntingdon. 

Formerly 673, Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion. He was buried in Bronfay Farm Military Cemetery,  Bray -sur- Somme, Somme, France in grave II. D. 36.

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09/04/2012

. . Martyn Smith