Information about birth

Year of birth:
Place of birth:
South Shields, Durham, England, United Kingdom

General information

Last known residence:
Nunhead, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Insurance Agent

Army information

England, United Kingdom
British Expeditionary Force
Service number:
Enlistment place:
Camberwell, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
 —  Royal Field Artillery, "A" Bty. 187th Bde.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Bedford House, Zillebeke, Belgium
Cause of death:
Died of wounds (D.O.W.)


Bedford House Cemetery
Plot: Enclosure No.2, I
Row: E
Grave: 21

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Points of interest 5

#1 Place of birth
#2 Last known residence
#3 Enlistment place
#4 Place of wounding
#5 Place of death (approximate)

My story

Henry Giles, a former insurance agent, was born on 12 November 1885 at South Shields, Durham, England. He was the son of Henry and Margaret Giles. At a young age the family moved to the London area. He was educated at Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College and a regular attendant of St. Mary Magdalene Church at Peckham, where he was also the secretary of a football club. He married Violet Elizabeth Clegg at Nunhead on 4 February 1909 and had two daughters. In 1915 Henry Giles enlisted at Camberwell. He served a bombardier in “A” Battery, part of the 187th Brigade Royal Field Artillery, of the 41st Division.

In early September 1917, the 187th Brigade Royal Field Artillery was stationed at Boeschepe, France. New positions were prepared on September 7 between Zillebeke and Verbrandemolen, near the Ypres-Courtrai railway. In the night of 12-13 and 13-14 September, the batteries occupied their new positions. The HQ was located near Nard Farm - Turin Farm, Dickebusch. The 187th Brigade supported the Battle of Menin Road Ridge on 20 September 1917. On both 19 and 20 September the brigade reported multiple casualties, killed, wounded, or gassed.

Henry Giles, aged 32, died of wounds on September 20, 1917. He is buried at Bedford House Cemetery, Enclosure No.2, plot I, row E, grave 21. It’s unclear where Bombardier Giles succumbed to his wounds. Bedford House Cemetery is located in-between the gun positions near Zillebeke and the Advanced Dressing Station of the 139th Field Ambulance at Voormezele.

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139 Field Ambulance (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), WO 95/2629/1).
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187 Brigade Royal Field Artillery (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), WO-95-2625-2).
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Bombardier Henry Giles (Find a Grave)
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British Army World War I Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), WO 372).
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British Army World War I Service Medal and Awards Rolls, 1914-1920 (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), WO 329).
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Census Returns of England and Wales, 1901 (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), RG13).
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Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911 (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), RG14).
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London Church of England Parish Registers (London Metropolitan Archives, London (LMA), P73/MMG/033).
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