Nevill, Robert

Robert Nevill was the only son of Robert Nevill, Registrar of the County Court at Tamworth in Staffordshire, and Florence Gertrude Nevill. He came to Winchester from Winton House. He was part of the winning teams in Burne and Hewitt Cups for rowing in 1914. It was his intention to go into Law, and on leaving Winchester was articled to his father.

However, in 1915 he obtained a commission in the South Lancashire Regiment, and went to France with 12th Battalion in July 1916. A few months later he won the M.C. for gallantry in the capture of an enemy position. In September 1916 he was promoted to Acting Captain and in June 1917 was awarded a Bar to his M.C., recognising that “When under heavy shell-fire with his company, his splendid personal example kept the men in good spirits under most trying circumstances. He also showed great skill and judgement in carrying supplies to the front line trenches under severe hostile shell-fire, and has at all times shown great coolness and resource at critical moments.”

He was serving with the 2nd Battalion at the Battle of Messines on 10th April 1918, as part of the Spring Offensive in Flanders, when he was killed in action, probably in the attack on Ploegsteert. His body was never found, and he is commemorated on panels 6-7 of the Ploegsteert Memorial.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Nevill
  • Forenames or initials: Robert
  • House: K
  • Years in School: 1911-1915
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: South Lancashire Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 5th November 1897
  • Date of Death: 10th April 1918
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer G2
  • Decoration: MC and Bar
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on Panels 6-7 of the PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL