Day: April 28, 2019

Sunday’s Obituary – Philip James Neale (1904-1969)

Philip James Neale is the husband of my wife’s 3rd cousin 1x removed, Florence Neville. My wife and Florence share common ancestors in James Espley and Martha Silvester (my wife’s 3x great grandparents).

Philip was born on 4 August 1904 in Lichfield, Staffordshire. He married Florence in 1931 – the marriage is registered in the September quarter.

When the 1939 Register was taken, at the outbreak of WW2, Philip and Florence are living at 165 Lower Sandford Street, Lichfield. Philip’s occupation is given as “builders labourer” and Florence’s occupation is described as “unpaid domestic duties”.

Some time around 1955 Philip took over running the Queens Head in Lichfield.

The Lichfield Mercury of Friday 17 January 1969 carried Philip’s obituary (image from

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Death of licensee

Mr. P. Neale

Mr. Philip James Neale, licensee of the Queen’s Head, Lichfield, died on Sunday morning at the age of 64.
Mr. Neale, who had been ill for some time, was licensee of the Queen’s Head, in Sandford Street, for nearly 14 years.
He was born in the same street and educated at the old Frog Lane School, after which he became a maintenance worker for the South Staffs Water Works, where he was employed for over 37 years.
Before taking over the “Queen’s,” Mr. Neale was a keen gardener, and his later hobbies included darts and dominoes.
He leaves a widow and two daughters, and is also survived by one brother and a sister.
The funeral will take place today (Friday) at Christ Church at 2.30p.m.