Sunday, October 19, 2014

Charles Miles, Royal Engineers

Chailey Parish Magazine notes in July 1915 that Charles Miles is serving his King and Country.  In October 1915 it notes, Miles, Pte G, RE, England. It then corrects this the following month to note his correct initial, C. 

At some point, Charles Miles went abroad as the parish magazine notes in December 1917 that he has been wounded.  This information is then repeated up to and including the final published roll call in July 1919. 

Charles Miles is probably the six year old Charles Robert Miles noted on the 1901 census of England and Wales as living at Oaklands Cottage, North Common, Chailey.  The household comprised George Miles (aged 47 and working as a carter on a farm), his wife Sarah Ann Miles (aged 44) and their three children: Emily Elizabeth Miles (aged 12), Edith Nelly Miles (aged eight), and Charles Robert Miles.  The 1901 census also shows a fourteen year old Agnes Lily Miles working as a general domestic servant at Rush Farm and it seems possible that she was also a daughter of George and Sarah Ann. 

The England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983 tells us that Charles Miles’ birth was registered in the December quarter of 1894 at Lewes, Sussex. I know nothing else about this man.

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