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milesWilliam Charles Miles was born in around 1898, the son of John and Sarah Sophia Miles. In the 1901 census he appeared with his grandparents, William and Mary Bickley, and aunts Annie and Martha Bickley, at 85 Rookery Street. William’s mother, Sarah Sophia Miles, was with her other two children, Ellen and George, at 195 Hickman Street. His father had died in 1899 at the age of 52. Until he was 16 years old, William was a member of the first company of Wednesfield Scouts, and later worked for Mander Brothers.

In October 1916 he enlisted with the 1st Battalion of the Grenadier Guards (number 28230) and by May 1917 was at the Front. On the 12 October 1917, he was killed in action, and he is commemorated at the Tyne Cot Memorial. The Midland Counties Express featured him on 17 November 1917. He appears on the Mander Brothers Memorial and the Wednesfield Village Roll of Honour.