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Date of Birth
Date of Death
19 Apr 1917
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Soldier or Civilian
L-Cpl Harry Snoxell, 200561, 1/5th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action in the Second Battle of Gaza, Egypt, on April 19th, 1917. He was aged about 27.
The Luton section of the National Roll of the Great War reveals that Harry volunteered for service in September 1914, and in the following July, after training at Bury St Edmunds, St Albans, Norwich and Bedford, he proceeded overseas. He took part in various operations in Gallipoli, from the landing at Suvla Bay up to the evacuation of the peninsula, from where he was sent to Egypt.
During his service there he served in General Allenby's advance through Palestine, and fought in many important engagements. He was killed almost instantly and painlessly in action at Gaza on April 19th, 1917.
In August and September 1915 the Luton News had invited relatives to submit names and addresses of relatives fighting in the Gallipoli campaign. Among them was the then Private Harry Snoxell, 4376 (his Territorial service number), with an address at 31 Boyle Street, Luton. He was a keen footballer and had been employed by Brown & Green, iron founders.
Harry's name is included on the Luton Roll of Honour of 1922. There, his family address is given as 86 Hartley Road, Luton. The occupant of that address at the end of the war is given in street directories as Albert V. Halfpenny, who it seems had married Florence Snoxell, Harry's widow, in 1920.
Earlier records then showed that Harry Snoxell had married Florence Pearson in the spring/early summer of 1909. In the 1911 Census Harry is shown as a boiler works ironfounder living at 18 Chequer Street, with his wife Florence, a hat factory worker. They later had at least one child, George, born in the summer of 1913.