F. W. Snelling
Lance Corporal, London Regiment (Prince of Wales’ Own Civil Service Rifles), 1st/15th Battalion
Died on 18 September 1916
Remembered at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France and on the St Michael’s Church War Shrine, Stockwell Park Road
Frederick William Snelling was born on 3 November 1891 in Mile End, east London, the second son of Charles Henry Snelling, a grocer born in Ramsgate, Kent, and Emily Jane Snelling (née Knudson), from Limehouse, east London. He was baptised at St Anne’s, Limehouse on 6 December at which time the family lived at 121 Canal Street.
In 1911 the family were living at 154 Glengall Road in Peckham, southeast London. Nineteen-year-old Frederick worked as a ‘boy clerk’ in the Post Office. There were five other children (one had died as a young child), including William Thomas Snelling, then 16, a junior clerk for a law firm; an older brother, Charles Henry, who was a 21-year-old undergraduate at the University of London; and three sisters, Elsie Emily, 11, Ethel Mary, three, and Ethel May, nine months. Charles Henry Snr was now a timekeeper for a lock and safe company. The Snelling family later moved to 260 South Lambeth Road, Stockwell.
Frederick enlisted at Duke Street in the West End of London served in Europe from 18 March 1915 to the day of his death, 18 September 1916.
At the time the 1939 Register was conducted, Charles and Emily Snelling were living at 44 Lansdowne Way, Stockwell with their youngest daughter, Emily May (later Bragg). Charles Snelling died in 1941 in Lambeth at the age of 76, and Emily in Folke stone, Kent in 1954, aged 87.