John Lawrence Viles.

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Corporal John L. Viles was born in St Ives,  enlisted at Huntingdon as a Private 1105 in the Hunts.  Cyclists Battalion.  He died 10/10/1918 as 78435 in the Tank Corps  Reinforcement Depot. He was aged 27 and was the son of John & Althea Viles of St Ives, Huntingdonshire.  He is buried in Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, Seine Maritime, France. grave reference VIII.J.49.

From local newspaper dated 25/10/1918  =  The late Corporal Viles of St. Ives.  =  Mr. Viles, of St. Ives, has received the following letter concerning the sad death of his son, reported in last week's issue of the "Hunts County News": - Dear Mr. Viles ' It is with very sincere sympathy that I write to say to you that your son, Corpl. J. L. Viles died in hospital on the 10th inst.  He was only admitted to hospital the preceding day'

From local newspaper [HCN] dated 18/10/1918  =  St. Ives Corpl. Killed.  =  Corporal J. L. Viles, son of Mr. J. Viles, of the Wilderness, St. Ives, was killed in France on October 10th.  Corporal Viles, who was 27 years of age, was previously in the employ of Messrs. Johnson & Randall, grocers, of this town.

From local newspaper dated 19/10/1918  =   Corporal J. L. Viles, son of Mr. J. Viles, of the Wilderness, St. Ives, died in France on October 10th aged 27.  He was in employ of Messrs. Johnson & Randall, grocers, St. Ives.

From local newspaper dated 25/10/18  =  The late Corporal Viles, of St. Ives.

Mr. Viles, of St. Ives, has received the following letter concerning the sad death of his son reported in last week's issue of the "Hunts. County News" :- Dear Mr. Viles, It is with very sincere sympathy that I write to the you to say that your son, corporal J. L. Viles, died in hospital on the 10th. instant.  He had only been admitted to hospital on the preceding day, and his death was a great shock to us all. He was a splendid man, highly regarded by all who knew him, and we all sympathise with you very deeply in your great loss. We buried him this morning in a quiet little cemetery overlooking the sea, and a party of his comrades were present at the service to pay the last tribute to him. I know how futile words are at such a time but I do hope and pray that the comfort of God himself may be yours at this very sorrowful time. If you write to the "Grave registration unit," Winchester House, War Office, London ; they will in time send you a photograph of the grave. May I again say how much I hope the board will give the strength of four you all need and sustained you until the date when we shall be reunited yours very sincerely Robert K. Spedding. nonconformist Chaplain, Tank Corp Depot.

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. .  Martyn Smith