Lt. Col. Sir James Edmund Henderson Neville
Born on the 5th July 1897, the son of Reginald James Neville M.P. and his wife Ida, nee Henderson, he was educated at Eton and Sandhurst. Served in France and Russia during the First World War with the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and wrote of his experiences in 'The War Letters of a Light Infantryman', published in 1931. He also wrote a history of his regiment in later life.
Between 1931-1946 he was re-employed in the 12th London Regiment, and was put in command of the L1 Training Centre, 1941-1944. Meanwhile in 1932 he married Marie Louise Pierson and had two daughters, Rosalind Angela Mary and Jane Shirley.
In 1936 he became a Master of the Bowyers' Company and in 1947 was elected to the Court of the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers. He succeeded his father to the baronetcy of Sloley in 1950.
He was a man of wide and varied interests being a member of Smallburgh Rural District Council, a Governor of Gresham's School, Holt, a member of the Norfolk Rural Industries Committee and one of the founders of the Norfolk Churches' Trust. He engaged in much genealogical research and had a special interest in his mother's family, the Hendersons. He wrote profusely, keeping a journal for most of his life, and also writing short articles under his pen-name, Gaid Sakit.
In 1981 he married his second wife, Mrs. Betty Cowell. He died in June 1982.
Sir Edmund Yeamans Walcott Henderson (1821-1896)
Born on the 19th April 1821, the son of Admiral George Henderson and his wife, Frances nee Walcott. He was educated at Bruton in Somerset and the Woolwich Academy receiving his first commission in the Royal Engineers in 1838. Between 1839 and 1845 he was engaged in the survey of the railway line from Halifax to Quebec in Canada and again between 1846 and 1848 when he was also part of the commission investigating the boundary between Canada and New Brunswick. Whilst in Halifax he married Mary Murphy, by whom he had a son, Douglas.
After a year at Gravesend Lieutenant Henderson was appointed as Comptroller General of Convicts in Western Australia, travelling out with the first ship. His first wife died in 1855 and whilst on leave in England he married Maria Hindle, 1857. In 1862 he became a Lieutenant Colonel and the following year they left Australia.
Back home he was appointed Chairman of the directors of prisons and Inspector General of Military Prisons. In 1868 he became a Companion of the Order of the Bath on the recommendation of the Home Secretary Lord Aberdare, and a Knight Commander in 1878.
In 1869 he was appointed Chief Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police until he resigned in 1886 after much criticism over the Police's handling of the Trafalgar Square riots.
He died soon after his wife on the 10th December 1896, leaving six daughters by his second marriage, his son, Douglas, having died in 1875.