Sunday’s Obituary – Charles Neville (1877-1955)

Charles Neville (often spelt as Nevill in official records) is the husband of my wife’s 2nd cousin 2x removed, Sarah Jane Espley.

Sarah’s parents are Henry Espley and Ellen Hannah Clewley. The link with Sarah is from my wife’s 3x great grandparents James Espley and Martha Silvester.

Charles was born on 1 June 1877 in Lichfield, Staffordshire. He married Sarah Jane sometime in the fourth quarter of 1897 in Lichfield.

Charles passed away on 17 September 1955. The Lichfield Mercury carried his obituary on Friday 23 September 1955 (image from

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Former Member of Bower Committee


A native of the city Mr. Charles Neville (78), 137 Sandford Street, Lichfield died on Saturday.
Mr. Neville was born in Beacon Street, but at an early age his parents moved to Sandford Street where he had resided ever since. A painter and journeyman, Mr. Neville had been employed by Lichfield City Council and after retiring four years ago he obtained a situation on the maintenance staff of the Wiltell Works in St. John Street.
Mr. Neville was a keen supporter of local football and was trainer for the Lichfield Phoenix club when they played on a ground at Gaia Fields. He had also served in a similar capacity with Lichfield United, whose ground was at the Barn Field in St. John Street. His interest in the sport never waned and up to the time of his death he followed the St. Chad’s club going to most of the away matches. For many years he was a member of the Greenhill Bower committee and rendered good service particularly with the decoration of tableaux.
Mr. Neville is survived by his wife, four daughters and five sons. The funeral took place at Christ Church on Wednesday, the vicar (Rev. G. H. Maydew), officiating.

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.