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Pvt Francis George Miles
Birth: Jul. 9, 1896
Death: Nov. 8, 1961

World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. He received the award from British King George V in January 1919 at Buckingham Palace in London, England for his actions as a private in the 1/5th Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment, of the British Army on October 23, 1918 near Landrecies, France during the Hundred Days Offensive near the end of World War I. Born in Clearwell, Gloucestershire, England, he left school as a young teenager to work in the coal mines near his home. Following the outbreak of World War I, he enlisted in the British Army in December 1914 and assigned to the 9th Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment and was sent to the Western Front in France where he was wounded and returned to England to recover. He was then assigned to the Royal Engineers and returned to France and was injured again when an exploding shell buried him alive. Following his recovery, he rejoined the 1/5th Battalion and was sent to Italy and then recalled to France during the Hundred Days Offensive where he won the Victoria Cross for gallantry. Following the end of the war, he returned to his home in Clearwell and resumed working in the coal mines. During World War II, he rejoined the British Army and served in the Royal Pioneer Corps. He died in Clearwell at the age of 65. His Victoria Cross citation reads: "No. 17324 Pte. Francis George Miles, 1 /5th Bn., Glouc. R. (T.F.) (Coleford, Glos.). For most conspicuous bravery and initiative in attack on the 23rd October, 1918, during the advance against the Bois L'Eveque, when his company was held up by a line of enemy machine guns in the sunken road near the Moulin J. Jacques. Pte. Miles alone, and on his own initiative, went forward, under exceptionally heavy fire, located a machine gun, shot the gunner, and put the gun out of action. Observing another gun near by, he again advanced alone, shot the gunner, rushed the gun, and captured the team of eight. Finally, he stood up and beckoned to his company, who, acting on his signals, were enabled to work round the rear of the line and to capture sixteen machine guns, one officer, and fifty other ranks. It was due to the courage, initiative, and entire disregard of personal safety shown by this very gallant soldier that the company was enabled to advance at a time when any delay would have jeopardised seriously the whole operation." In addition to the Victoria Cross, he received the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal (1914-20), the Victory Medal (1914-19 with Mentioned in Despatches oak leaf), the British War Medal (1939-1945), and the King George VI Coronation Medal (1937). His Victoria Cross and other medals are on display in the Lord Ashcroft Collection at the British Imperial War Museum in London, England. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
St Peter Churchyard
Forest of Dean District
Gloucestershire, England
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Record added: Dec 31, 2004
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Pvt Francis George Miles
Added by: Iain MacFarlaine
Pvt Francis George Miles
Added by: Iain MacFarlaine
Pvt Francis George Miles
Added by: Iain MacFarlaine
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Thank you for your courage and valor in time of battle. May you rest in peace.
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