William Neville JAPP (1892-1915)
William Neville Japp (1892-1915), known as Neville, was the oldest child in the household where Mela Brown Constable was employed as a Governess from 1913-1914 for his youngest sisters. He was just a few years younger than Mela and was out at work.
Neville Japp was born on 7th August 1892 at Liverpool, the eldest of six children of Francis Vivian Japp, a shipbroker, and his wife, Ethel Mary Leonora (née Tyrell). They were living in Oxton, Cheshire, in 1901 and, by 1906, the family was living at The Nest, 7 Vanburgh Park, Blackheath, London.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Neville was recorded as a shipbroker’s clerk at the time of the 1911 census.
During the First World War, Neville was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the 1/20th Battalion London Regiment and arrived in France on 16th July 1915. Just over a month later he was dead. Neville was killed in action on 25th September 1915 and was buried at Loos-en-Gohelle, Pas-de-Calais. From references in some of the letters, it seems that he was engaged to a girl called Madeleine.