Snettisham First World War soldier’s name is added to memorial after 97 years

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A First World War soldier’s name will finally be added on to his village memorial 97 years after he fell on the battlefield in France.

Walter O Smith was never added on to the memorial at his home village in Snettisham as his parents, William and Elizabeth Smith, refused to accept he was dead.

But his name has finally been added to the memorial, which is to be rededicated on Monday, July 7.

Snettisham Parish Council with help from companies in the area have renovated the memorial, in the Market Square.

Walter was a private in the 9th Battalion, Essex Regiment, when he died April 1917.

He was married to Clara Smith, of Lancaster Terrace, Snettisham. His parents lived at The Beeches, Fring.

Walter is buried in Feuchy Chapel British Cemetery, Wanacott, France.

Parish council chairman Eric Langford said: “He was missed off as his parents could not accept his death. His name is also missing from the plaque in the church.

“Our view is that this man died for the village and we want to right a wrong from nearly 100 years ago.”

The parish council is looking to find living relatives of the men listed on the memorial to take part in the dedication ceremony, which starts at 6pm.

Dignitaries from the RAF and Royal British Legion will also take part.

The ceremony will be followed by a reception at the Legion hall.

If you are related to a fallen Snettisham soldier. please contact the council on 01485 543721.