Other names: Charles Ernest
Locations in this story: Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, DorsetTaunton, SomersetYeovil, SomersetFrance & FlandersGermany
Story: Charles Ernest Miles was born in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 19 Jun 1886 and baptised at St. John's Church on 22 Aug 1886 the son of Edwin Miles and Lucy Jane Miles (nee Meade). He spent all his early life with his parents at Nettlebed Nursery, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury. By 1911 he had moved to Taunton, Somerset, where he was boarding out and working as a Motor Mechanic. He enlisted on 18 Nov 1914 with the Royal Engineers as a Private (Service No. 1582). He married Mabel Theodora Victoria Warry at the Parish Church in Yeovil, Somerset, on 26 Dec 1914 prior to his posting. He was posted to France and Flanders and served there with the 8th Signal Company (Service No. 500134) and was also promoted to Corporal. Following the Armistice he was posted to the 6th Signal Company with the Rhine Signal Battalion in Germany. He was eventually discharged on 28 May 1920 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 14 Salisbury Terrace, Yeovil, Somerset, working as an Aircraft Parts Inspector (previously a Motor Mechanic in a Garage). His death was recorded in Yeovil in 1951. Charles's brothers, Harold Edwin Miles and Arthur Douglas Miles, also served in the conflict.