The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private A H Mires


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Private Arthur Henry MIRES, DCM, L/9459,  2nd  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force, 22nd November 1915.

Born Wateringbury Kent, son of Frederick & Elizabeth Mires.

3rd April 1892, Wateringbury, Kent, baptism of Arthur Henry Mires, son of Frederick & Elizabeth Jane Mires.


1911 Census - HMS Black Prince, Royal Navy, 1st Class Armoured Cruiser, Gibraltar -  Arthur H Mires, age 18, single, canteen server, born Gravesend, Kent.

1911 Census - North Pole Cottage, Wateringbury, Kent - Frederick Mires, head, age 57, married, gardener, worker, born Wateringbury, Kent; Elizabeth Jane  Mires, wife, age 49, married 21 years, 6 children, 4 still alive, born Wateringbury, Kent; Frederick Bernard Mires, son, age 20, single, gardener, worker, born Wateringbury, Kent; Robert Francis Mires, son, age 17, single, labourer farm, worker, born Wateringbury, Kent; Dorothy Helen Mires, daughter, age 9, born Wateringbury, Kent.


Enlisted Maidstone Kent.

6th February 1915, posted Asiatic Theatre of War.

Commemorated at  Basra Memorial,  Panel 29, Iraq and at Wateringbury Kent; St John the Baptist Church

Waterinbury War Memorial

NOTE: Regimental history shows Service No. as L/94517, both Soldiers Died in the Great War and CWGC web site show it as L/9459.

AWARDS: DCM


London Gazette 22nd January 1916.

His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the under mentioned Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Men for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty whilst serving with the Expeditionary Forces in France and Flanders, the Dardanelles, Mesopotamia, and East Africa.

9459 Private A. H. Mires, 2nd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment (attached Maxim Battery).

For conspicuous gallantry at Kut-al-Amara (Mesopotamia) on 28th September 1915. With another private he carried forward and worked his gun under a very heavy fire within 300 yards of the enemy's strong redoubt, thereby materially assisting in the capture of the work.


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