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Andrew and Edward Snell, Marble Bar Pioneer Cemetery

JC 029 Pilbarra Honour RollJC 028 World War 1 Sam and Ned Snell in Egipt

Andrew Snell b 1866 d 1939 and Edward Snell b 1894 d 1960

Andrew Snell was born in Tavistock, Devon, England in 1866 and came to Australia in the Queensland Gold rushes.

He married a widow, Marie Linden in 1893 in Queensland. They had 4 children, Edward b 1894 d 1960, Samuel b 1996 d 1961, Thomas b 1899 d 1940 and Sarah b 1901 d 1980.

The two eldest boys were born in Georgetown Qld and the two youngest children were born in Menzies WA.

In 1905 the whole family moved to Marble Bar WA where Andrew was a prospector and ran a Gold Stamp.

In 1916 Edward (Ned) aged 21 and Samuel aged 19 enlisted in the 28th Battalion and went to the Western front via Egypt. Thomas followed them in 1918. Sam suffered gunshot wounds to the chest and Thomas contracted Spanish influenza and had to be repatriated for two years in England.

All three returned to Marble Bar after the War but like so many other young men of that time never married.

Snell St in Newman is named after them. (From the Pilbarra Honour Roll.)

Sarah married Percy Stubbs (Telegraph operator) in 1924 and left Marble Bar to live in Mt Barker where they had one child, Marie who was my Mother.

During the Second World War Ned led the Volunteer Defence Force in Marble Bar.

Thomas enlisted in Darwin November 1939 but died of pneumonia February 1940 aged 41.

Following the War, Thomas was reinterred at Adelaide River War Cemetery.

Andrew (Plot 30) and Edward (Plot 85) are buried in the Marble Bar Pioneer Cemetery

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