GEORGE WILES

 

 

Born: 14th November 1894, Shoreditch, Middlesex.

Baptised: 29th November 1894, at St. Leonard’s, Shoreditch. Parents – Hannah & James Wiles – a Cabinet Maker. Address: 24, Ivymount Street, Shoreditch.

Died: at 8:45 a.m., 29th October 1918; age: 23; of Pneumonia at Ranelagh Road Military Hospital, Ipswich. Served 3 years & 59 days.

Residence: Hoxton, Middlesex.

Occupation: a General Carman.

Enlistment Location: Shoreditch, London; Date: 1st September 1915; age: 20; Residence: Watson’s Place, Ware Street, Kingsland Road, Shoreditch; Religion: CofE. Signed up for the Duration of the War. Height: 5ft 5ins, fresh complexion, blue eyes & black hair.

Private, 18471, of the Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment – service of engagement reckons from the 14th September 1915.

 

George absconded en route 15th September 1915 – found to be serving in the 20th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment at Aldershot. Held to serve in that Corps under authority of G.O.C. -118th Brigade, Aldershot.

 

Private; 18471, of the Middlesex Regiment.

Transferred 28th April 1917 – Labour Coy – Training Reserve Battalion.

Joined 1st August 1917 – 692nd Agricultual Labour Coy.

 

Offences:

Aldershot – 10th October 1915 – when on Active Service overstaying his pass from 12 midnight till apprehended by Civil Power in Curtain Road, London, in plain clothes on the 15th October 1915 – 96 hours detention – forfeit 6 days pay.

Witley Camp – 29th November 1915 – when on Active Service absenting himself from Tattoo – 4 days Confined to Barracks – fined 4 days pay.

Witley Camp – 29th November 1915 – when on Active Service not complying with an order given by an N.C.O. – 3 days confined to barracks.

Witley Camp – 29th November 1915 – when on Active Service absenting himself from Tattoo – 4 days Confined to Barracks – fined 4 days pay.

Witley Camp – 14th December 1915 – when on Active Service improperly dressed on C.O.’s parade 8:30 a.m. – 7 days confined to barracks.

Witley Camp – 16th December 1915 – when on Active Service absent from Defaulters’ Drill 7:15 a.m.

Witley Camp – 15th January 1916 – when on Active Service I. Desertions. II. Deficiency of kit. Trial 24th February 1916 – 28 days detention – forfeits 40 days pay.

Witley Camp – 15th March 1916 – when on Active Service I. Desertion. II. Deficiency of kit. 28 days detention.

Pirbright – 9th April 1916 – when on Active Service parading before the medical officer with dirty feet – 3 days confined to barracks.

Pirbright – 24th April 1916 – when on Active Service I. disobedience of 40th Division Order. II. Improperly dressed. Trial 26th April 1916 – 7 days confined to barracks.

Pirbright – 29th April 1916 – when on Active Service and under Emergency Orders quitting camp without written permission from his commanding officer and remaining absent till 6:30 p.m. – 3rd May 1916 – 5 days. 28 days detention – forfeits 5 days pay.

Pirbright – 13th June 1916 – when on Active Service absent from midnight till 10:50 p.m. 14th June 1916. Trial 20th June 1916 – 3 days confined to barracks – forfeit 1 days pay.

Aldershot – 28th June 1916 – when on Active service from 2 p.m. Parade – 5 days confined to barracks.

Aldershot – 4th July 1916 – when on Active Duty  insubordinate conduct in the ranks. Trial 4th July 1916 – 5 days confined to barracks.

Aldershot – 26th July 1916 – absent from Reveille till apprehended by the Civil Police at Curtain Road, London – 18th August 1916 – 18 days. Trial 15th August 1916 – 14 days detention and forfeit 18 days pay.

Dublin – 15th December 1916 – I. when on Active Service deserting his Majesty’s Forces. II. Loosing by neglect his regimental equipment and clothing and necessaries – Trial 25th January 1917 – 6 months detention.

Ipswich – 11th May 1918 – when on Active Service failing to report to 692 Agricultural Coy on completion of duty – farm work.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 70952.

Regiment: Middlesex Regiment, 29th Battalion transferred to (160244) 692nd Agricultural Coy. Labour Corps.

 

Grave Reference:

D.14.28.

Ipswich Old Cemetery,

Ipswich.

 

CENSUS

 

1901   28, Ware Street, Shoreditch, Middlesex.

 

George was 6 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

James Wiles, 39, born Bethnal Green, Middlesex.

Hannah Wiles (nee Holt), 38, born Bethnal Green.

Hannah Wiles, 17, born Shoreditch.

Elizabeth Wiles, 11, born Shoreditch.

James Wiles, 8, born 15, Norfolk Garden’s, St. Leonard’s, Shoreditch.

John Wiles, 3, born Hoxton Infirmary, Middlesex.

Harry Wiles, 1, born Shoreditch, Middlesex.

 

1911   6, Watson’s Place, Ware Street, Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, Middlesex.

 

George was 17 years old, a Paper Seller – Newsagent. He was living with his widowed father & siblings.

James, 50, a Cabinet Maker.

Elizabeth, 21, a Paper Sorter.

James, 19, a Cabinet Maker.

John, 13.

 

George’s mother, Hannah Wiles died 1907, Shoreditch.

 

On the 12th June 1900, 5 year old George started his first school. His father, James Wiles, of 28, Ware Street, registered George at Hammond Square School, Hackney.

 

On the 10th October 1915, at St. Mark’s Old Street, Shoreditch, Middlesex, George married Minnie Smith, born October 1891, Bradford, Yorkshire. George was 20 years old, a Carman, of 6, Vincent Street, Shoreditch.

They had 1 son:

Edward Ernest Wiles, born May 1916, 43, Norfolk Building, Curtain Road, Shoreditch – died 8th June 1916, 43, Norfolk Building, Curtain Road, Shoreditch. Prematurely & Heart Failure.

 

On the 9th September 1919, Mrs. Minne Wiles, received her late husbands belongings at her home – Last Road, Hoxton, London.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Minnie Wiles – widow.

 

29th (Works) Battalion
Formed at Mill Hill on 29 June 1916. By March 1917 was at Thetford. In April 1917, transferred to the Labour Corps as 5th Labour Bn.

 

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