Born: 1892, Reevey Farm, Kempsford, Fairford, Gloucestershire.

Died: 2nd June 1917; age: 24; KiA.


Rank: Lieutenant.

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, ‘B’ Battery, 165th Brigade.


Grave Reference:


Bailleul Road East Cemetery,

St. Laurent-Blangy,

Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Austin Thomas & Mary Agnes Iles, of Dunfield, Fairford, Gloucestershire.




1901   Roman Catholic School, Bath, Somerset.

John was 8 years old, he was a student and boarder at the school for boys & girls. John’s brother Richard Augustine Iles, aged 10, was also a student at the school.


1911    88, Christchurch Street, Ipswich.


John was 18 years old, an Engineering Apprentice – General Engineers. He was 1 of 4 boarders (all Engineering Apprentices) at the home of 53 year old, Margaret Emma Burch. John’s cousin was also a boarder – Raymond Edward Iles, 16.


Probate to Austin Thomas Iles, a Farmer.


Soldier’s Effects to Austin Thomas Iles Esq. on the 5th November 1917 & 25th November 1919.


John’s father, Augustine Thomas Iles, born 1864, Kempsford, Gloucestershire, a Farmer & employer. His mother, Mary Agnes Iles (nee Chard) born 1862, Pillen, Somerset.

John is also remembered on the Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Orwell Works memorial. Now sited at the Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, Suffolk. In memory of John, a stained glass window was installed at St. Thomas of Canterbury, Horcott Road, Fairford, Gloucestershire, , depicting St. John the Evangelist (probably by Jones & Willis).

The north sanctuary window at St. Thomas of Canterbury, depicts the Seven Seals of the Lamb and was given in 1912 by the Iles family.

John is remembered on St. Pancras Catholic Church Ipswich WW1 Memorial ,is also remembered on the Orwell Works Memorial Ransomes Sims & Jefferies Ipswich.

Photograph and extra information courtesy of Richard Barton Iles family of Kempsford

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