Who was Edward J W Neate?

Whilst seeking information to help an e-mailer from California, our curator came upon this certificate in Market Lavington Museum and now it presents an enigma.

Edward J W Neate certificate in Market Lavington Museum

So just who was Edward J W Neate who managed to win this certificate for his writing of the 23rd psalm?

A Neate family were well known in Market Lavington. James Neate and his wife Martha came to the village in about 1860 where they ran a brewing business which was continued by their son, Norman, Market Lavington born and bred, until the 1920s. But they do not appear to have had a child called Edward.

No Edward Neate turns up on censuses in the Lavington area at any appropriate time.

If you can help us identify Edward Neate then please contact the curator who would love to hear from you.

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