Private Hubert Snartt

Private Hubert Snartt, service number 7114, 16th London Regiment, Queen's Westminster Rifles.

Private Hubert Snartt, service number 7114, 16th London Regiment, Queen’s Westminster Rifles.

Hubert Snartt worked at the London branch of the Co-operative Insurance Society (CIS) as a chief clerk, which was one of the more senior roles in the CIS. He was held in high esteem by those around him. He had worked  in the London branch from 1911, but was drafted into the army in May 1916 and sent out to fight in France in August of that year. Regrettably, Snartt was killed in action on 7 October 1916 after only two months on the front line.


Co-operative News, date unknown, page 1163. 

WWI co-operative voices

This post is part of ‘WWI co-operative voices’ which shares the stories of co-operative workers and members during the conflict. In order to mark the centenary of the WWI, the Rochdale Pioneers Museum is staging an exhibition entitled ‘From shop floor to front line’ and the accounts of these soldiers, shop workers and conscientious objectors will run alongside it. They are tales of death, duty and of those who chose not to fight.

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