Lieutenant Charles Henry Nevile


Charles Henry Nevile (recorded as John in the Admiralty registers of those embarked in ships in 1794) was born in 1775 at Badsworth, near Harmsworth, in West Yorkshire. He was the son of John Pate Nevile Esq, a well-to-do gentleman with extensive estates and sporting interests in the county, where the family had been landowners for at least three hundred years. He purchased a commission as Ensign in the 2nd, or Queen’s Royal, Regiment of Foot in February 1791 and a Lieutenancy in April 1793. He was in command of the detachment of the regiment embarked as marines on the 100 gun three decker Queen Charlotte, flagship of Admiral Lord Howe, or “Black Dick” in 1794. After behaving with great bravery throughout the engagement of the Glorious First of June he was killed, probably by a sharpshooter, in the latter stages of the action. He is commemorated by a memorial in Leeds Parish Church, where there are also memorials to his two brothers, John Pate Nevile and Brownlow Pate Nevile, both of the 3rd or Fusilier Regiment of Guards, who were killed in the expedition to the Low Countries in 1798.