Herbert was born in the fourth quarter of 1896 in Rugby Warwickshire
In the 1901 census Herbert was 4 years old and shown as grandson living at 80 The Locks, Hillmorton, Rugby with his grandmother Kate aged 56, born 1845 in London, and his grandfather David aged 52, born in 1849 in Arnesby Leicestershire, who was a Stationary Engine Driver, and also their elder son Frederick George Snutch, born in 1878 in Hillmorton who was 23, and was a Bricklayer’s labourer.
Herbert’s father Edward D, born 1874 and mother Sarah Elizabeth (nee Greenhill) born 1871 were living at 3 Oxford Street in Rugby and had with them Herbert’s one month old brother called Frederick W L Snutch. No doubt Herbert was “farmed off” to grandparents for an evening or so!
In 1911 Herbert was an Errand Boy for a Builders business. His father was the caretaker of the Wesleyan Church. He and his parents and brother were living at 6 Elborow Street Rugby. Herbert’s grandparents still lived at The Locks Hillmorton, Rugby and his grandfather was “looking after engine pumping water”.
Details from Herbert’s Short Service Attestation and Medal Card show that he joined up to the King’s Royal Rifles, Regiment No S1580, at the age of 19 in 1914, in Winchester, for the Duration of War. His service record said he had been employed by Walton and Sons for 6 years. His trade was entered as Plumber.
The Kings Royal Rifle Corps 12th (Service) Battalion was formed in Winchester as part of the Second New Army (K2) on 21 September 1914, then was moved to Cowshot, Bisley to join the 60th Brigade of the 20th Division. In November 1914 it moved to Blackdown and then to Larkhill, Salisbury Plain.
The Corps was mobilised for war on 22 July 1915 and landed at Boulogne and ended in various actions on the Western Front.
Herbert’s Medical Record shows he was admitted into hospital during 1915 for “Boils”.
His parents were living in 17 Northcote Road Rugby in 1915.
Herbert was killed in action 25 September 1915, aged 19, and had served for just over one year. Herbert had not married.
His name is recorded on Panel 10 Ploegsteert Cemetery Comines-Warneton Hainault Belgium.
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