John Morgan Snook

Surname: Snook
Other names: John Morgan
Other people in this story:
Thomas Snook
Emma Snook (nee Goddard)
Bertha Fisher
Morris Fisher
Locations in this story:
Donhead St Mary, Wiltshire
Hong Kong
Wandsworth, London
Tisbury, Wiltshire

Story:
John Morgan Snook was born in Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, in 1870 and baptised there on 27 Mar 1870 the son of Thomas Snook and Emma Snook (nee Goddard). He was living with his parents at Lower Winchcombe, Wiltshire at the time of the 1881 Census. He enlisted in the Dorsetshire Regiment on 6 May 1887 as Private (Service No. 2373). The Army was reorganised in 1889 and he was transferred to the Royal Garrison Artillery (Service No. 63403) on 1 Jul 1889 with a further transfer to the Royal Field Artillery (Service No. 20501) on 23 Jun 1903. He served in Hong Kong until placed on reserve. He had married Bertha Fisher on 22 Sep 1897 at Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, and they went on to have five children. By the time of WW1 he had moved to Wandsworth, London, where he was employed by the London County Council as a Park Keeper. He was embodied on 6 Aug 1914 (Service No. 1596) and posted to the 3rd London General Territorial Hospital which was based in the Royal Victorian Patriotic School buildings in Wandsworth. He was however discharged on 16 Oct 1914 on the grounds that he should not have been called up. No medals were awarded. He died in 1931 (Tisbury, Wiltshire, Register) at the home of his son, Morris, who lived in Donhead St. Mary. Morris was his next-of-kin following the death on John's wife in 1916.

(source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.)

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