SNARY Ernest William

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Ernest William Snary and his twin brother Horace were born at Whissendine on 21 September 1897, the youngest children of Harry and Sarah Snary. He was known as William rather than Ernest. His twin and his elder brother Harry also fought in the First World War but survived. (Ernest) William attended the village school until he was fifteen, where, according to George Phillips in Rutland and the Great War: "He endeared himself to his teachers by his exemplary conduct and attention to his work. On leaving school, he went as assistant to Mr Grocock, Grocer, Whissendine, and was known to the villagers, and all round as a very obliging boy. He was a member of the Whissendine Cricket Club, and a very promising cricketer." He joined the army on 6 September 1916, and went to France on 8 February 1917 with 256th Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery. He was killed in action on 4 October during the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) by a bursting shell while sheltering in a dug-out. A letter to his parents from the Major in command said: "Gunner Snary was a very popular soldier owing to his cheerfulness and willingness to help his comrades in everything, and all express their condolence with you in your loss." He is buried in Buffs Road Cemetery near Ypres, grave E.3, alongside three other members of his gun crew killed with him. William is remembered on Whissendine's war memorial as well as on a family gravestone in the churchyard. His cousin George Snary was also killed.

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  • Whissendine Church
  • Whissendine Gate of Remembrance
  • Whissendine Churchyard
  • Whissendine Memorial 3
  • Whissendine Memorial 1
  • Whissendine Memorial 2
  • Whissendine Memorial
  • Whissendine Memorial 1
  • Buffs Road drone JS
  •  Buffs Road 2
  • Buffs Road 1
  • E W Snary 2
  • E W Snary RR2a
  • E W Snary RR1a
  • E A Snary 1

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3 images Some pictures of the headstone, taken 13 December 2014
By John Stokes on Saturday 13th December '14 at 10:00pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
Ernest William Snary was cousin of George Snary who also fell in the great war, their fathers were brothers, both born in Empingham, George and family later moved to Stamford.Some of the cencus details are under the name "Snarey"
By andyg on Monday 20th March '17 at 11:37am
So pleased to have found William’s details after following this thread envelope sent to him has been found in an attic in Northern France during repairs.
By BarbaraG on Thursday 1st April '21 at 11:47am

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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