© Sue and Julian Owen. Terms and conditions.
Arthur Miles was the son of Alfred and Rachel Miles, of Thread Lane, Dunkirk. In the 1911 census he was 20, living with his parents. His father Alfred was working as a shepherd, and Arthur and his two brothers were then farm labourers. Arthur enlisted into the Queens Regiment in December 1915, giving his occupation as carpenter’s labourer; he was promoted to corporal the following year. According to his army records, which include a translated notification from the Saxon (German) War Office, he was killed in action during a “patrol enterprise” near Wytaschaete. His place of burial was in a shell hole near the lines in the days that followed the action. The record states that the spot could not be located after the line had been moved back and the ground had been heavily shelled. Some of his belongings were able to be returned to his family - two purses in 1917 and his identity disc in 1920.
Corporal Miles is remembered with honour at the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres, Belgium, where his name appears amongst those inscribed on panels 11 – 13 and 14. He is also remembered with honour at the War Memorial at Dunkirk Church.
He was in the same regiment as Albert Millen and died on the same day at Ypres.
The Menin Gate is one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders. The battles of the Ypres Salient claimed many lives on both sides and it quickly became clear that the commemoration of members of the Commonwealth forces with no known grave would have to be divided between several different sites.The site of the Menin Gate was chosen because of the hundreds of thousands of men who passed through it on their way to the battlefields. It bears the names of more than 54,000 officers and men whose graves are not known.
National Archives in association with Ancestry.com. 1901 and 1911 England census database.
British Army WWI Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website: CWGC.org
Photos - Owen