Andrew Snedden

Trooper Andrew Snedden, B61474
Niagara Falls, Ontario
1st Hussars

Andrew Snedden, son of Mr. George Snedden, of Annsfield, Dumfriesshire and Rebecca Snedden of Durisdeer Parish, Dumfriesshire, was a trooper for the 6th Armoured Regiment in the 1st Hussars.

Andrew was born on 3 August  1906 in Dumfries, Dumfrieshire, Scotland. He belonged to the Presbyterian Church of Canada. Standing at 5’4”, he had a fair complexion with brown hair and brown eyes. He had one sister, Jennie Snedden, now going by the last name of Clarke. At 19 and ½ years old, Snedden sailed from Glasgow on June 1 1927 and landed in Quebec City on 11 June 1927. He travelled by Canadian National Railroad to his destination in Toronto with £5 of money in his pocket. He came to Canada hoping to settle in Toronto and work on a farm.

Andrew moved to 77 Queen Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario at some point, working as a farm hand and motor mechanic for 16 years. Andrew, 35 years old and single, enlisted in the Canadian army in Toronto, Canada on 20 May 1941 as a Trooper in the #2 District Depot for the 6th Armoured Regiment 1st Hussars.

Andrew was transferred to Camp Borden, Ontario on 1 June  1941. Initially he was trained to be a cook at Borden but his training progressed from cook to armour. Andrew stayed there for a couple of months and then travelled by train from October 2 1941 to October 7 1941 to Camp Aldershot, Nova Scotia. While there he was trained as a tank driver. After his training in Canada he embarked from Halifax by ship on 9 November 1941 and landed in Liverpool on 10 November  1941.

His mother and father were both deceased previous to enlistment. Killed in action on D-Day, 6 June 1944, he was buried in Grave 5, row F, plot 12, in Beny-sur-Mer cemetery, located in Normandy region, France.

 

Written by:  Darla MacPherson, a student at Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada.

Rédigé par:Savannah Bell, un élève de Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute, Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada.

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