Born: 5th August 1883, Taynton, Oxfordshire.

Baptised: 9th September 1883, at St. John the Evangelist Church, Taynton. Parents Caroline and Giles Miles, a labourer, of Taynton.

Died: 14th September 1916; age 34. Previously reported missing on the 14th September 1916, in June 1917, Giles was officially reported killed on that date.

Residence: 51, Handford Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Ransomes, Simms & Jefferies, Orwell Works, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: London.

Date of Entry Therein: 26th July 1915 – France.


Rank: Private/Guardsman; Service Number: 13040

Regiment: Grenadier Guards, 3rd Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


The body was discovered in August 1919, in a grave of an Unknown British Soldier, marked by a wooden cross by the 3rd Labour Company. The body was exhumed, identified and reburied at Guards’ Cemetery with many unnamed, known unto God graves.


Grave Reference:


Guards’ Cemetery,







1891   Cottage, Taynton, Oxfordshire.


Giles was 7 years old and living with his parents, siblings & paternal grandmother.

Giles Miles, 41, an Agricultural Labourer, born Aldsworth, Gloucestershire.

Caroline Miles (nee Peachey), 42, born Chadworth, Gloucestershire.

Edgar Miles, 17, an Agricultural Labourer, born Llantrisant, Glamorgan, Wales.

Jane Miles, 15, born Llantrisant, Glamorgan, Wales.

Samuel, 13, an Agricultural Labourer, born North Leach, Gloucestershire.

Esther Ellen Miles, 12, born North Leach.

Arthur Miles, 9, born Taynton, Oxfordshire.

William Miles, 5, born Taynton.

Stephen Miles, 9 months, born Taynton.

Esther Miles, 75, a widow, living on her own means, born Aldsworth, Gloucestershire.


1901     Vicarage Road, Taynton, Oxfordshire.


Giles was 17 years old, a Labourer & Carter on a Farm. He was living with his parents & brothers.

Giles, 51, a Farm Labourer.

Caroline, 52.

Arthur, 19, a Labourer & Carter on a Farm.

William 15.

Stephen, 10.


1911   Wellington Barracks, St. James’s Park, Westminster, London.


Giles was 24 years old, a Soldier ranked Private in the 1st Grenadier Guards.


Giles’s mother, Caroline Miles died in April 1909, at Taynton.


In 1912, in St. Marylebone, London, Giles married Florence Berry, a domestic kitchen maid at 26, York Street, Marylebone, born April 1889, Woodbridge, Suffolk – daughter of Robert Berry, a journeyman carpenter and Henrietta Berry (nee Birt), of New Street, Woodbridge.

Florence and Giles had two children:

Norah Hetty Gwendoline Miles, born May 1912, Ipswich – died 1929, Ipswich.

Giles Miles, 1914 Ipswich – died in April 1915, St. Peter’s, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Florence Miles – widow.


Giles is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Peter’s Church, Ipswich and the Ransomes, Sim & Jefferies, Orwell Works, war memorial, now sited at The Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, Suffolk.


Two of Giles’s brothers also lost their lives as a result of the First World War:

EDGAR MILES, first enlisted in February 1894 and saw Service in India and Burma with the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. He was discharged on the 2nd February 1916 after 22 years of service. Edgar was ranked a Company Sergeant Major, service number 4733 for the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, he died on the 30th April 1916, aged 42. Edgar Miles was married to Martha Fanny Perkins in 1909 and had four children and made their family home at 53, Corn Street, Witney, Oxfordshire.

STEPHEN MILES, died from wounds at No. 46 Casualty Clearing Station on the 12th October 1918, he was 28 years of age. Stephen was ranked a Private, service number 7966 for the Scots Guards, 2nd Battalion. He was laid to rest at Delsaux Farm Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

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Grenadier Guards, 3rd Battalion


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