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Pte. William Leslie "Rasso" Sneddon

Australian Imperial Force. 34th Btn. C Coy, 9 Pl

from:Cessnock, NSW, Australia

(d.7 Jun 1917)

My Grandmother's uncle, William Sneddon was born & raised in Minmi, NSW and worked as a miner. He joined up aged 27.

Red Cross records based on witness accounts state that he died in early hours on 07 June 1917. Was gassed initially but fought on a short while before dying. One reports states he was buried in a shell hole or crater some 1 mile SSE of the village of Messines. Others report him being buried near Mine Crater No. 2. Another states him being buried in a shell crater with other dead just before Ploegsteert Wood. Sadly our family has no photo, medals or other momemto's of his service. His only marker is on The Menin Gate memorial.

Trish Hunt

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