The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private A A Miles


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Private Archie Albert MILES, L/10027, 1st  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of wounds, 15 Field Ambulance, France, 17th October 1914.

28th February 1895, born Pounds Bridge, Penshurst, Tonbridge, Kent, son of Walter William and Harriet Miles, of Blowers Hill, Speldhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.


1911 Census - Blowers Hill, Speldhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent - Walter William Miles, head, age 47, married, carter,. (miilers), Flour Mill, worker, born Forest Row, Sussex; Harriet Miles, wife, age 50, married 24 years, 7 children, 4 still alive, born Pounds Bridge, Penshurst, Kent; *Sidney Isaac Miles, son, age 19, single, carters mate on farm, worker, born Pounds Bridge, Penshurst, Kent; Archie Albert Miles, son, age 16, single, cowman on farm, worker, born Pounds Bridge, Penshurst, Kent; Walter Regenald Fred Miles, son, age 8, school, born Pounds Bridge, Penshurst, Kent.


His brothers Harry Miles and Sidney Isaac Miles also fell.

Enlisted Tonbridge, Kent, age 18, height 5ft 4⅛ inches, weight 122lbs, fresh complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, scar centre of upper lip, mole below left nipple, two moles on right side, scar palm of right hand, scar palm of right index finger, slight knock knee.  Resided Speldhurst, Kent. Formerly farm labourer & milkman.

Home, 30th December 1912 to 13th August 1914; BEF, 14th August 1914 to 17th October 1914.

30th December 1912, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 20th May 1913, posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 11th January 1914, Dublin, dirty when parading, 5 days confined to Barracks, 2 extra guard duties; 16th January 1914, Dublin, wearing a dirty suit of Service Dress on COs Parade, 5 days confined to Barracks; 3rd April 1914 to 29th April 1914, King George V Hospital, Dublin, infection middle ear; 19th June 1914, having dirty equipment on parade, 5 days confined to Barracks; 14th August 1914, posted BEF; 13th October 1914, wounded in action.

Buried at Bethune Town Cemetery, I.D.8., Pas de Calais, France.

Speldhurst Church Roll of Honour  


His brothers Harry Miles and *Sidney Isaac Miles also fell.

*Sidney Isaac Miles, born at Poundsbridge on September 30th 1891. He was educated at Speldhurst School and became a Gardener. He joined HM Army as Driver in the Kent Fortress Royal Engineers in May 1915. He was drowned in the loss of HMS Hythe in the Aegean Sea on October 20th 1915. He was entitled to the 1915 Star.

Harry Miles, born at Poundsbridge on February 28th 1893 he attended Speldhurst School and became a Gardener before joining the army. He enlisted in the Royal West Surrey Regiment in November 1914 and proceeded to France before the end of the year. He was entitled to the 1914 and 1915 Stars and was killed on May 16 1915. 


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