Lieutenant G. A. Snow
SAC 1907-1912

Lieutenant Geoffrey Allan Snow was born in Toronto, Ontario on January 11, 1894, son of A. J Russell Snow, K. C. and Mrs Katie Snow of 216 Balmoral Ave, Toronto, Canada and the brother of Lieutenant Gerald Bradley Snow (SAC 1906-1909), 134th Battalion (48th Highlanders).  He was educated at the Model School in Toronto before attending St. Andrew's College from 1907 to 1912.

He had finished his third year in Arts at the University of Toronto where he had served in the Canadian Officer Training Corps as Colour Sergeant, when he enlisted with the 92nd Battalion (48th Highlanders) on August 28th, 1915. Three weeks after reaching England he was sent to France with a reinforcing draft for the 15th Battalion (also 48th Highlanders) and served on the Ypres front as Intelligence Officer. After going to the Somme, he was slightly wounded at Mouquet Farm on September 9th. Before he had fully recovered, he volunteered on the 25th, to take charge of No. 4 Company, whose Captain had been killed.

"In a letter which reached Toronto shortly before his death, the young officer told of strenuous times at the Somme and of the heroic way in which Canada's soldiers were facing the perils of the battlefield. Just before the letter was written, Lieutenant Snow's company had returned from their turn at the front and looked forward to a well-earned rest in billets. Twenty-four hours later the command came to return to the firing line and the young soldier advanced for what proved it is thought, to have been the last time." [From newspaper clipping on CVWM page.]

On the next day September 26th, 1916, in an attack on Schwaben Redoubt before Courecelette, he was wounded in the shoulder. His Major told him to take refuge in a shell hole, where he must have been killed shortly afterwards, at the age of 22 years. He is buried in the Adanac Military Cemetery, France (Grave Reference: V11.D.16.)

  • Copy of Attestation Paper (National Archives) - Front - Back
  • Canadian Virtual War Memorial Page for Geoffrey Snow. This page also includes a link to his commemoration on Page 165 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.

From the "University of Toronto Roll of Service, 1914-1920"

Lt. Geoffrey Allan Snow is remembered on the family monument at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario.