William Snoxall was listed in the Absent Voter Records for Abbots Langley in Autumn 1918, Spring 1919 and Autumn 1919. He was initially identified from the Absent Voter Records and was not recorded elsewhere in the Abbots Langley Parish records. In the Absent Voter Records Wiiliam was listed serving with HMS “Indomitable” and his address was given at 11 Nash Mills, Abbots Langley.
William was born on 29th October 1898 at Abbots Langley. He was one of five children born to John and Louisa Snoxall. William’s brother Frederick also served in the Great War. At the time of the 1901 Census the family lived at Primrose Vale and John’s occupation was listed as a Railway Labourer.
William’s records at the National Archives indicated that he enlisted on 26th September 1916 and served with the Royal Marine Artillery, and it appeared that he continued a career in the Royal Navy after the War. In the Absent Voter Records William was listed serving aboard HMS “Indomitable”. The battle-cruiser had played a significant part at the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916, but that was before William joined the ship.
The Absent Voter Records indicated that William’s address was at 11 Nash Mills, Abbots Langley. This was the address of his parents, and was also given as the address for his brother Frederick. Both William and Frederick survived the War. Also surviving the War and returning to 11 Nash Mills was George Snoxall, who had lived with his grandfather at Primrose Vale in 1901. However how George was linked to Frederick and William, other than by name, is not known.