Veteran Stories:
Charles Snelgrove

Army

  • Captain Charles Snelgrove served with the Canadian Army Service Corps in Siberia, Russia during World War I. Collection courtesy of Bill and Nadene Strange.

    Captain Charles Snelgrove served with the Canadian Army Service Corps in Siberia, Russia during World War I. Collection courtesy of Bill and Nadene Strange.
  • Charles Snelgrove (bottom row, far right) and fellow soldiers with the Canadian Army Service Corps.

    Charles Snelgrove (bottom row, far right) and fellow soldiers with the Canadian Army Service Corps.
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force Pin and certificate in recognition of Charles Snelgrove's service overseas during World War I.

    Canadian Expeditionary Force Pin and certificate in recognition of Charles Snelgrove's service overseas during World War I.
  • Charles Snelgrove's certificate of service showing his enlistment on 22 February 1916 and his discharge on 27 May 1919.

    Charles Snelgrove's certificate of service showing his enlistment on 22 February 1916 and his discharge on 27 May 1919.
  • Left to right: British War Medal and Victory Medal 1914-1918.

    Left to right: British War Medal and Victory Medal 1914-1918.
  • Obituary from Toronto's Evening Telegram newspaper upon the death of Charles Snelgrove at the age of 46. After the war, Mr. Snelgrove worked with the Evening Telegram as an artist.

    Obituary from Toronto's Evening Telegram newspaper upon the death of Charles Snelgrove at the age of 46. After the war, Mr. Snelgrove worked with the Evening Telegram as an artist.
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My name is Bill Strange. I live in Kingston, Ontario. My mother's maiden name was Eleanor Snelgrove, and she lived with her family in Toronto. She had two older brothers who served in the Great War, 1914 to 1918.

One brother, Charles Reginald Snelgrove, went overseas with the Canadian Expeditionary Force and was stationed in Siberia. We have a lovely photograph of him wearing his heavy fur cap and fur-collared jacket – I assume part of the uniform that he wore in Siberia.

The other brother, John Cecil Snelgrove, served with the 75th Battalion – a Toronto battalion, I believe – and he served in Europe. He sent home to his mother in a letter one time (I'm not sure of the year) a poppy that he had picked on a field. He said, "I can't believe that this is growing where there are so many shell holes, and I didn't know what to do with it so I'm putting it in a letter and sending it to you."

These were my two uncles on my mother's side, neither of whom did I know. One died before I was born, and the other one just after I was born.

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