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Charles Neville Clarke

Male 1866 - 1942  (76 years)



  • Name Charles Neville Clarke  [1, 2, 3
    Birth 19 Jan 1866  Dublin Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 3, 4
    • son of Marshal Neville Clarke and Mary Elizabeth Pearson. [4]
    • b 20 Dec per baptism reg
    Education abt 1879 - 1884  Harrow School Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Education 1884 - 1887  Pembroke College, Cambridge Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Education abt 1887 - 1888  Wye Agricultural College Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    Degree/Qualif. 1887  Cambridge University Find all individuals with events at this location ; BA  [3
    Residence abt 1890 - 1923  Graiguenoe Park Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    Post/Rank/Title abt 1891 -  Tipperary Find all individuals with events at this location ; JP, DL, High Sheriff  [3
    Marriage 05 Feb 1896    [4
    Bertha Cross,   b. abt 1873, Bolton Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Apr 1942, Regina Hotel, Bath Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1922 - 1939  12 Egerton Place, Knightsbridge Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    Residence 1929 - 1942  Little Ormesby Hall, Ormesby St Michael Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    Death 26 Apr 1942  Regina Hotel, Bath Find all individuals with events at this location ; Cause: Enemy action  [1
    Burial   Cheltenham Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    Notes 
    • The end of Graiguenoe Park
      Charles Neville (1866-1942) inherited Graiguenoe when he was eighteen and still at Harrow, but he soon sold the land to the tenants, keeping only the home farm which he farmed himself. His cousin Charles Eldon Clarke, son of Charles Clarke's younger brother Robert, stepped in and looked after the estate while Charles Neville completed his education at Pembroke College, Cambridge and at the Wye Agricultural College in Kent, and then did a grand tour of the Continent and Egypt with his cousin Godwin Swifte, one of Robert's grandsons. In 1908 the house was attacked by a mob after which the family and those employed on the estate were boycotted by the local shopkeepers. In 1920 the local police barracks were blown up and on 31 March 1923 the house itself was burnt down. Charles Neville, who had undergone severe operations in April 1918 and March 1920 was not up to rebuilding and the estate was sold to the Land Commission.
      In 1895 Charles Neville met Bertha Cross at a dance at Nantlys, the home of his Pennant cousins. She was the youngest of the eight children of John Kynaston Cross MP for Bolton and sometime Under Secretary of State for India who married Emily Carlton. They were married in 1896. In 1919, seeing how things were going in Ireland, Bertha bought a small London house with all its content - 50 Egerton Crescent, SW3 - so as to have a pied-a-terre outside Ireland. In 1922 this was exchanged for a larger house just around the corner - 12 Egerton Place - which could be used as a family home if needed, and some of the better furniture was brought over from Graiguenoe, smuggled out in loads of hay lest it might be seen and destroyed.
      With the compensation he received for Graiguenoe in 1929 (only a reduced compensation was allowed to those who opted not to rebuild) Charles Neville bought Little Ormesby Hall near Great Yarmouth in Norfolk. Bertha retained 12 Egerton Place, so summers were spent at Ormesby and winters in London until the beginning of World War II when they started living entirely at Ormesby. In the autumn of 1940, 12 Egerton Place was taken over by the Government.
      Little Ormesby Hall was on the flight path of raiding aircraft and to get a rest from the noise Charles Neville and Bertha went off, as they had often done before, on a short visit to Bath.
      On 26 April 1942, nineteen days after the birth of their first grandson in South Africa, they, together with Bertha's sister Emily Timins, were killed by blast while they were having their after-dinner coffee in the lounge when a bomb scored a direct hit on part of the Regina Hotel. Charles Neville was then 76 and Bertha was 68. Had they been in their rooms, they would not have been hurt. [Clarkes of Graiguenoe Park] [1]
    • Adm. pens. at Pembroke, Oct. 1, 1884. S. and h. of Marshall Neville, Esq., deceased, of Graiguenoe Park, Thurles, Ireland. B. Jan. 19, 1866, at Dublin. School, Harrow. Matric. Michs. 1884; B.A. 1887. Of Graiguenoe Park, Co. Tipperary. J.P. and D.L. High Sheriff, 1891. Latterly of Little Ormesby Hall, Ormesby, Norfolk. Married and had issue. Killed, together with his wife, in an air raid at Bath, Apr. 26, 1942. [Cambridge University Alumni}
    Person ID I2531  Tatham | Richmond branch | Parent of spouse
    Last Modified 03 May 2012 

    Family Bertha Cross,   b. abt 1873, Bolton Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Apr 1942, Regina Hotel, Bath Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Marriage 05 Feb 1896    [4
    Children 
    +1. John Vernon Carlton Clarke,   b. 13 Jun 1907, Dublin South Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1994, Braintree Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jun 2011 
    Family ID F0824  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 19 Jan 1866 - Dublin Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - abt 1879 - 1884 - Harrow School Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - 1884 - 1887 - Pembroke College, Cambridge Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - abt 1887 - 1888 - Wye Agricultural College Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDegree/Qualif. - BA - 1887 - Cambridge University Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - abt 1890 - 1923 - Graiguenoe Park Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPost/Rank/Title - JP, DL, High Sheriff - abt 1891 - - Tipperary Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1922 - 1939 - 12 Egerton Place, Knightsbridge Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1929 - 1942 - Little Ormesby Hall, Ormesby St Michael Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - Cause: Enemy action - 26 Apr 1942 - Regina Hotel, Bath Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - - Cheltenham Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S08] Family Trees & Websites, Clarkes of Graiguenoe Park.
      Booklet by Ralph L Clarke and Vernon Clarke, privately published 1976; website accessed 01 Jul 2009

    2. [S65] Genealogy Indexes, Ireland births and baptisms index, 20 Jan 1866.

    3. [S15] Cambridge University Alumni.

    4. [S13] thePeerage.com.