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Walter Snape was born in Salford in September 1891.

Walter was 17 years old when he enlisted in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 2nd November 1908. He had enlisted in the Army Special Reserve for an engagement of 6 years, joining the Regiments 3rd (Reserve) Battalion.

At his enlistment medical he was described as being 5ft 4in tall, weighing 107lbs with grey eyes and light brown hair. The medical officer noted that he had a large scar as a result of scalding down his side and left arm.

Walter spent the next five years in the Reserve forces, completing his annual training camps in 1909, 1910, 1911 and 1912. In 1913 he was granted leave from the camp, attending again in 1914.

On 10th September 1914, Walter was mobilized as part of the British Expeditionary Force. He was transferred into the 1st (Regular) Battalion and sailed for France with them two days later.

Less than a fortnight later, on 24th September 1914, early into the ‘Great Retreat’ from Mons, Walter sustained a fatal gunshot wound. He was quickly treated by No 2 Field Ambulance, but died later that day at No 4 Casualty Clearing Station at Braine.

His personal effects were sent to his mother, Mrs Emily Snape of 9 Congreve Street, Pendleton. She later received the 1914 Star with clasp, British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Plaque in recognition of her late sons participation and sacrifice during the Great War.

Private Walter Snape is remembered in the Braine Communal Cemetery, France.

Rank: Private
Service No: 1269
Date of Death: 24/09/1914
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

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