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Neville Andrew

Andrew Neville was born in Cobden, Ontario on 1st January 1890.

The 1901 Census for Canada on Ancestry.co.uk shows that the Neville family were living in Fort William, Ontario, Head of the household, Patrick Neville age 52 was a Farmer by trade born in 1849 in Quebec, Canada. His wife Margaret Ann nee Devine, age 46 born 1855 in Renfrew, Ontario and her husband had nine children living at home, Mary age 23, Michael age 20, John age 18, Robert age 15, Tessie age 13, Andrew age 11, Helena age 8, Felix age 4 and Maggie age 1.

Ten years later we find the family in different circumstances due to the death of Patrick Neville who died in 1902 in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

The family were living in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Head of the household Margaret Neville was 57 years of age, she had five children living at home, Robert age 26, and Andrew age 20, both Druggists by trade, Lena age 18, Felix age 14,and Margaret age 11, there was also a Lodger by the name of Henry McRyrtaey age 24.

Andrew Neville married Ethel May Gibson on 3rd September 1917.

Attestation Papers for Gunner 2383381 Andrew Neville from the Library of Canada.

Andrew Neville was drafted into the 1st Depot Battalion of the Manitoba Regiment on 27th October 1917 at Fort William, Ontario. He gave his wife, Ethel as next of kin and present address as Suite 15, Dyke Block, Fort William, Ontario,Canada., trade, Drug Clerk, married status, religion, Roman Catholic.The medical form shows that he was 5ft 9inches tall with a ruddy comlexion, blue eyes and brown hair. After basic training, Andrew embarked for England aboard the S.S.Saturnia on 30th August 1918 and arrived on 16th September 1918 when he was posted to Seaford Army Camp to complete training.

Andrew became a father when his wife Ethel gave birth to their daughter, Helen Doris Neville born 11th July 1918, a few weeks before Andrew embarked for England.

I have received permission from Dianne Gibson, (Andrew’s grand daughter)  to publish an image of Helen Doris Neville, I contacted Dianne through Ancestry Family Trees.

Andrew spent three months at SeafordArmy Camp and when hostilities ceased he was transferred to Kinmel Camp, Rhyl to await repatriation to Canada. The winter of 1919 was harsh and conditions at Kinmel Camp at the end of the war were severe, there was a shortage of every type of commodity and the camp was overcrowded with the daily influx of soldiers waiting for ships to take them home.

It would appear that Andrew was suffering from mental health issues that were not evident or addressed by medical services. Tragically he ended his life on 5th February 1919 by self inflicted wounds and was pronounced dead at number 9 Canadian Hospital, Kinmel Park.

Andrew is buried in St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Bodelwyddan.

Andrew is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial

 


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