Other names: Ernest Harold
Locations in this story: Motcombe, Shaftesbury, DorsetEnmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Story: Ernest Harold Miles was born in Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 27 Apr 1898 and baptised there on 25 May 1898 the son of Ernest William Miles and Annie Miles (nee Ware). He spent all his life apart from Military Service in Motcombe. (Probably because his father was also 'Ernest' his name was frequently changed to Harold in the records but he was registered and baptised as Ernest Harold.) He enlisted with the 4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 2170). He later transferred to the Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire) Regiment and served with the 2/4th Battalion (Service No. 6638) and the 6th and 2nd Battalions (Service No. 202551). It is not known in which theatre of war he served in but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He married Elsie May Brickell at St. John's Church, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 1 Jul 1925. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at The Bungalow, Elm Hill, Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a Maintenance Engineer in a Milk Factory. He died in Motcombe on 22 Jan 1990 aged 92 years.