Drummer Charles Neil is shown on the CWGC records as the son of James and Eliza Cheney Neil, of 1, Foster Street, Queensbury. A search of the census returns records that in 1901 Charles who was then age 6, lived in West Hartlepool, his place of birth, along with his mother Eliza and sister Harriet, also living at the same address were Charles Cohligon and Joseph Cheney who were both boarders.
The 1911 census shows the family at a new address in West Hartlepool now with Joseph Cheney as the head of the house, Eliza is shown as a housekeeper. Charles was in hospital at the time of the census however his sister is shown on the return along with three other children, who are shown to be Joseph’s children. From the CWGC records we know that Eliza married Joseph.
Charles served in the 2nd Garrison Battalion. Northumberland Fusiliers and was stationed in India when he died of illness on 14th May 1918. He is buried at AHMEDNAGAR GOVERNMENT CEMETERY (Plot JJ. Grave 22).