Sir James Edmond Henderson Neville; 1897-1982; Baronet, soldier; author

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Sir James Edmond Henderson Neville; 1897-1982; Baronet, soldier; author

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Born 5 July 1897. Son of Reginald James Neville MP and his wife Ida, née Henderson. In 1932 he married Marie Louise Pierson and had two daughters, Rosalind Angela Mary and Jane Shirley. In 1981 he married his second wife, Mrs Betty Cowell. Died June 1982. Lived at Sloley Old Hall.
Educated at Eton and Sandhurst. Lieutenant Colonel. Served in France and Russia during the First World War with the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and wrote of his experiences in 'The War Letters of a Light Infantryman', published in 1931. He also wrote a history of his regiment in later life. Between 1931-1946 he was re-employed in the 12th London Regiment, and was put in command of the L1 Training Centre, 1941-1944. In 1936 he became a Master of the Bowyers' Company and in 1947 was elected to the Court of the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers. He succeeded his father to the baronetcy of Sloley in 1950. He was a man of wide and varied interests being a member of Smallburgh Rural District Council, a Governor of Gresham's School, Holt, a member of the Norfolk Rural Industries Committee and one of the founders of the Norfolk Churches' Trust and of the Norwich branch of the Prayer Book Society. He engaged in much genealogical research and had a special interest in his mother's family, the Hendersons. He wrote profusely, keeping a journal for most of his life, and also writing short articles under his pen-name, Gaid Sakit.


Sloley, Norfolk; Eton College, Windsor, Berkshire; France; Russia

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