The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Lance Sergeant H Miles


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Lance Serjeant Herbert MILES, G/23569, 10th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 27th April 1918, age 24.

Born Eastbourne, Sussex, son of John and Elizabeth Ann Miles, of 91, Green Street, Eastbourne, Sussex.

1911 Census - 91, Green Street, Eastbourne, Sussex - John Miles, head, age 52, married, Eastbourne Corporation gardener, worker, born Ardingly, Sussex; Elizabeth Ann Miles, wife, age 46, married 25 years, 3 children, all still alive, born Ardingly, Sussex; Ernest Miles, son, age 22, single, florist shop assistant, worker, born Eastbourne, Sussex; Herbert Miles, son, age 17, single, ironmongers clerk, worker, born Eastbourne, Sussex; Arthur Miles, son, age 15, single, gas & hot water apprentice, worker, born Eastbourne, Sussex; Sydney Richard Skinner, boarder, age 34, single, ironmongers valuer, worker, born Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.

Enlisted  Eastbourne, Sussex.

Hagle Dump Explosion - On the 27th April 1918, The Battalion was working on the V3 line. A serious explosion occurred behind the Detail Camp at about 12.30pm caused by an enemy shell striking an ammunition and gun cotton dump. The camp was wrecked and numerous huts set on fire. Rescue parties at once set to work to assist in recovering the numerous casualties from the debris and extinguish fires. Casualties suffered by the Battalion included Lieutenant D F ANDERSON, & 17 other ranks. Wounded 28 other ranks. Missing 1 other ranks.

16th July 1918, Probate - Herbert Miles of 91, Green Street, Eastbourne, Sussex died 27th April 1918 in France or Belgium. Probate Lewes 16th July to John Miles, gardener and Frank Miles, Corporal H.M. Army Pay Corps. Effects £319 8s 6d.

Buried at Hagle Dump Cemetery, I. D. 6., Belgium. Commemorated Eastbourne Roll of Honour & Eastbourne War Memorial

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