Other names: William Alfred
Locations in this story: Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, DorsetYarmouth, Isle of Wight, HampshireCollingwood, Isle of Wight, HampshireKingston, Portsmouth, HampshireFrance & FlandersItalyDonhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Story: William Alfred Snook was born in Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 16 Feb 1882 and baptised there on 9 Apr 1882 the son of John Edward Snook and Anna Mary Snook (nee Scammell). He lived his early life in Melbury Abbas and later in Water Lane, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire. He married Florence Ida Greenan in Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, on 17 Jun 1907 and they went on to have four children. William had already enlisted with the Royal Garrison Artillery on 6 Feb 1899 (Service No. 33500) serving in the UK and various places abroad until placed on reserve on 5 Feb 1907 and finally discharged on 5 Feb 1911. He re-enlisted on 7 Sep 1914 with the Royal Garrison Artillery (Service Nos.2572 & 277572) and served in France & Flanders as well as Italy. He rose to the rank of Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant (WOII) which rank he held when discharged on 25 Mar 1919. He received a pension with regard to his length of service and was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star. By the 1939 Register he was shown living at Ommanney Road, Collingwood, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, working as a Scavanging Contractor as well as an ARP Warden. He passed away in St. Mary's Hospital, Kingston, Portsmouth, Hampshire, on 9 Jun 1950.