Frank Snape was an acting Sergeant in the 2nd Battalion The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire during the battle of Monte Cassino in May 1944. During the battle, he earned the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) for gallantry.
He was subsequently given a field commission. In addition to the DCM he was awarded the 1939-1945 star, the Africa Star, the Italy Star, the Defence Medal, the1939-45 War Medal and was Mentioned in Despatches. Frank retired in 1968 as a Lieutenant colonel in the RAOC. He died in 1992. Later that year his son, Mr Christopher Snape, and his daughter Mrs Jane Walker visited Warley and presented his medals to the Regimental Association, with a view to them being displayed in the museum of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment.
Sadly, what happened to them next is not known, but when Mrs Walker enquired after them in 2021 they could not be found. It was reluctantly concluded that they must have been lost or stolen from Warley.