RANDOLPH SNOWDEN 

Rank: Gunner
Service Number: 686214.
Regiment: "C" Bty. 175th Bde. Royal Field Artillery Killed In Action Sunday 3rd June 1917 Age 22County Memorial Runcorn
Commemorated\Buried BERKS CEMETERY EXTENSION
Grave\Panel Ref: II B10
Belgium
Randolph Snowden enlisted in August 1915 and was killed in action on the 3rd June 1917.  He was employed by Messrs Peter Walker and Son and was greatly repected in Runcorn and Widnes. At the time of his death he was 22 years old and had another brother serving with the forces in Egypt. 
His officier wrote to his mother, who was living in Cooper Street Runcorn
"I suppose by the time you receive this letter you will have been officially notified of the death of your son. He was killed by a shell on the morning of the 4th. I can hardly tell you how sorry I am to lose him. He had been my servant for more than a year and I consequently been in very close touch with him. He always looked after me so well, and did his duty in the battery so well also. He was one of the most popular men in the battery and the regret was universal. It is difficult to say much to his mother, but I want to convey to you my appreciation of your son's excellent qualities, and send you my deepest sympathy in your loss. We buried him in the Plug Street Cemetery, and the grave wil be cared for "
His sister also received a letter from a pal of Randolph's, who wrote 
"I wish to let you know how we all regret and miss your gentlemanly brother, Randie. It was a great shock to us all, as I can honestly say he was the happiest, and most honourable and cheerful soldier in the battery. It came so sudden, as he had only been with the guns a few hours, after being away with his officier, when he met with such a terrible fate. Perhaps it will be a little comfort to you that poor Randie was buried in a very nice grave in a cemetery behind the guns, with some of the worlds great heroes. I think this is all I can think of at present to tell you about our hero comrade. If there is anything I can do or obtain or enquire for you, i will be delighted to do it."

Randolph is buried in Plot II Grave B 10

Compiled by Graeme Ainsworth