World War 1
Search the known records to date of those lost from the wider Alnwick area in World War 1
Generally showing where they are commemorated, when they died and some basic facts about each person. There are gaps, however, so if you can fill in any missing details do please contact us.
Robert Patrick Neville, MC
Northumberland Fusiliers, 1/7th Battalion Territorial Force
Solferino Farm Cemetery
Died of wounds received.
Awarded the Military Cross.
There appears to have been no citation, as such, rather Neville was gazetted in the 1917 King's Birthday Honours. Such awards, & those in the New Year Honours, tended to be for general good service, rather than a specific act of gallantry. He was listed as 'Qr.-Mr. & Hon. Lt.' (i.e., Quarter Master & Honorary Lieutenant), so he was responsible for the battalion's logistics rather than being primarily a combatant officer. Until 1911 Neville had been Colour Sergeant (& acting Sergeant Major) in the same battalion - Quartermasters tended to be commissioned from the ranks.
'The War History of 7th Northumberland Fusiliers' (via public libraries in Northumberland) Biographical Notices records - 'For his able, gallant, & distinguished services, Mr Neville was awarded the MC, & later promoted to the rank of Captain; honours which were a source of gratification to all members of the battalion. It was a heavy blow to all, when, by the explosion of a bomb dropped by an enemy aeroplane, his beloved battalion & his country were deprived of the life & services of so true a gentleman & so gallant a soldier.'
Alnwick War Memorial