Other names: William Joseph
Locations in this story: Blandford, DorsetFrance & FlandersThiepval Memorial, FranceCharles Street, Blandford, DorsetShaftesbury
Story: William Joseph Snelling was born in 1890 in Blandford, Dorset. He was the son of George James Snelling, a Farm Labourer, and Mary Snelling (nee Wherry). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a Groom and living at 13 Charles Street, Blandford, Dorset. He enlisted in Shaftesbury on 26th August, 1914 as a Private with the 5th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 10197). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died on 26th September 1916 and his name appears on the Thiepval Memorial (Pier and Face 7B). At the time of his death his next of kin was his sister, Rose Mary Caines. He is remembered on the war memorial at Ludwell.