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|Subject: Neville, William. Private. 25B/1279, B Company RD Defender Thu May 30, 2013 10:18 pm|| |
Private William Neville Born in Wigan, a coal miner by trade, Neville had enlisted in the army two years earlier in February 1877, aged 19 years. Only 5’ 5” tall, with fresh complexion, hazel eyes and brown hair, he had served in Gibraltar and India before being posted to South Africa. In 1880 he married Sarah Elizabeth Graham and, on being discharged from the Army in 1883, resumed his work in the mines living in Ince. In 1885 he was convicted of assault and sentenced to 12 months imprisonment with hard labour.