(He signed his service documents ‘William Nevil’, which may be the correct spelling of his surname)
NEVIL, William. 25B/1279 Private
Born at Wigan, Lancashire; trade - collier. Enlisted for 25 Brigade at Liverpool, Lancashire 23/2/1877. Description: age 19 years, height 5' 5 1/4", fresh complexion, hazel eyes, brown hair. Religion: Church of England. Attested at Liverpool 26/2/1877. Posted to 2nd Bn 24th Foot 28/2/1877.
Private 26/2/1877. Granted Good Conduct Pay at 1 penny per diem 6/11/1880. Service continued in South Wales Borderers 1/7/1881. Forfeited Good Conduct Pay 8/7/1881. Transferred to 1st Class Army Reserve, 20th Regiment District 21/6/1883. Transferred to Warrington, Lancashire, District 24/8/1883; transferred to 20th Regiment District 7/2/1884; transferred to Brecon Barracks 1/4/1884. Imprisoned by civil power 30/11/1885 - 18/5/1886; tried 19/5/1886 on a charge of assault and sentenced to 12 months imprisonment with hard labour; released 18/5/1887. Service continued from 19/5/1887. Discharged from Army Reserve at Brecon 25/2/1889. Character on discharge; habits intemperate, conduct bad.
Next-of-kin, Mrs. Anderson, mother, 7 Longbroom Street, Ince-in-Makerfield, near Wigan.
Married 1/6/1884, Sarah Elizabeth Graham at Ince-in-Makerfleld, Lancashire. Name recorded as 'Neville' (copy marriage certificate in WO97). In 1891 he, his wife and 3 children were residing at 28 Broom Street, Ince-in-Makerfield, near Wigan, Lancashire (Census Return for 1891, Wigan Heritage Series).
Served at Home 26/2/1877 - 31/1/1878; South Africa 1/2/1878 - 12/1/1880; Gibraltar 13/1/1880 - 11/8/1880; India 2/8/1880 - 27/5/1883; Home 28/5/1883 - 25/2/1889. Served in the Kaffir War 1878. Served in the Zulu War 1879 (WO97), a Private in B Company at the defence of Rorke's Drift.