At the forefront of getting local recognition for John was his family and Bob Farthing. Bob corresponded with John’s former comrades, the Royal Fusilier Regimental Association and the British Koreans Veterans Association to help arrange a memorial service in Santon Downham church. Bob was even sent a photo of John Snare’s company as they prepared to set off for that fateful mission.
Bob’s dedication to his boy hood best friend never died, and lasted a lifetime. Anyone who attended a Remembrance Parade, over the years at Brandon, would have seen Bob standing opposite John’s name to lay a wreath in honour of his friend. Every year he made a point of doing this. Even more than sixty years after his friend’s death, it was obvious Bob was still emotional thinking about this friend. Sadly, that long tradition of remembering the bond between two best friends was broke a year ago when Bob passed away.
I was so touched by their endearing friendship that in March 2021 I approached the Brandon Town Council to ask if they would install a brass plaque on a seat overlooking Brandon’s war memorial. The location was poignant, it overlooks John Snare’s name on the war memorial and is not far from where Bob would stand every year for his act of remembrance. Thankfully, the councillors acted more swiftly than those who procrastinated a few decades ago. Within two weeks of the plaque being proposed at the town council, it was installed. Well done all concerned. A lovely dedication to a lifelong friendship.