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The sad passing of Frederick 'Fred' Snowden

28/08/2020 - Date passed away

It is with great regret that the family of Frederick Snowden announce the news of his passing on the 28th August 2020 aged 85. C/Sgt Fred Snowden, RM 14905, passed out of RM depot on 1st September1955.  He was posted to 42 Commando in December 1955 and then posted to HMS Newfoundland (cruiser) on 26th July 1956. He saw operational action in the Suez crisis - his duties were gun layer on the 6-inch and trainer on the 4 -inch guns. During this time the ship was in action against an Egyptian destroyer which fired upon them causing damage and casualties and was eventually sunk by the Newfoundland. Subsequent postings and service with 45, 41, HQ 3 Cdo Bde and 40 Commando included the Near and Far East and two tours of Northern Ireland.

Fred completed his 22 years service and retired a CSGT in May 1977.

Any friend or comrade wishing to contact the family can email Chris Walker at

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