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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


Private Robert Oswald Snape of the 6th Field Ambulance, 1915.

Courtesy of Walter J R Barber.


Snape R O         Pte    8651    Robert Oswald             6 Field Amb    23    Clerk    Single    C of E       

Address:    Essendon, Buckley St, 91   

Next of Kin:    Snape, John Thomas, father, 91 Buckley St, Essendon   

Enlisted:    12 Jul 1915       

Embarked:     A64 Demosthenes 29 Dec 1915   


Relatives on Active Service:

Snape H J-ABD-145  brother  KIA



Bob transferred to 2 Div Headquarters on 8 Oct 1916.   NCOs of the staff of the Australian Corps Headquarters outside their quarters, Querrieu, France. 20 July 1918. Cpl R O Snape is identified on the far left of the third row from the front.


Corporal Robert Snape, 2 Division HQ Staff June, 1917. Photograph:

Thuillier, Vignacourt, France. Courtesy of Walter J R Barber.



Harold Snape's Diary, 1915 - 30 Apr 1916


Transcribed by Bob's grandson, Walter J R Barber.


Sunday Feb 6 "Leave from Midday. Went up the Minarets of Mosque. 2 letters from Bob. Bugle finished up."

Saturday Feb 12 " Caught 10 a..m. train to Cairo arr. About 2 p.m. Booked bed at Tewficks. Dinner at Samuel’s. Went out to Zeitown to Bob. Slept there. Saw Tom Watson. Met Jim Teolin in train going down. Met Len Tyzack & Bert Tilby* in Cairo. [*This might be Birtram Tilley whom he would have known from Christ Church, Essendon].

Sunday Feb 13 "Met Bill Halme. Went to C.S. Christian Science Church with Bob at Heliopolis then into Cairo for dinner then the Pyramids back stayed at Hotel Splendid 10 PT. Arrival of Xmas presents for Navy men from Aust."


BOB SNAPE'S: DIARY & LETTERS, from July 1915 to July 1919.


Extracts from Bob Snape's diary & letters mentioning men he knew who were from the local area of Essendon and Flemington.  Bob's brother Harold is mentioned throughout.

  • 14 September 1916:  "I was very sorry to hear about Rupert Hewitt: he was such a nice fellow, too. They presented ones with a medal but I don’t know what he did to deserve it."
  • 11 October 1916:  Mother has asked for news of Frank Spencer. I was told that he was sent into hospital with a “skin rash” a few days ago nothing serious though.
  • 20 December 1917:  "Have you heard anything of Frank Spencer or Maurice Platts or any of the others lately? I haven’t. Two of the Sheas are in the artillery. [Probably Albert and William.] Tol said that Edgely Hulme had enlisted".
  • 3 February 1918:  "Have you heard anything of Frank Spencer lately? And how’s his sister Irene?


War Service Commemorated

Essendon Town Hall R-Y

Christ Church Roll of Honour

Essendon Gazette Roll of Honour With the Colours

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