Charles Wiles.

. There is no date when Charles entered the HCB but records indicate that he served in A Company of the 2/1st HCB with the number 1161, his home town was St. Neots, Huntingdonshire, but being born in Eaton Socon the son of Mr. W. Wiles.  His first record of being in the HCB was 1/12/1916.

He was posted to the base depot B. E. F. France on 26th July 1916, he was rationed up to and for that day. Order was part 2 No. 171 issued by W. L. Stephenson, 2/Lieut. & acting Adjutant, 2/1st Hunts. Cyclist Battalion. The order was issued at Well Camp Alford at 8-00 p.m., 28th July 1916 where he transferred to the 2nd Bedfordshire Regt with the army number 43060

From a local paper  =  6/10/16   =    Mr. Wiles, North Road, has received a field card from France saying that his son, Pte. C. Wiles [Cyclist Battalion] is in hospital wounded - Pte. Wiles is now at the Base, and so is Pte. T. Fletcher wounded in the face some time ago by shrapnel.  Fletcher has seen many of his Easton friends while there.

1/12/1916 [original source unknown - copy from scrapbook from the Norris Museum at St. Ives] = Pte. C. Wiles (Beds. Regt.) son of Mr. W. Wiles, North Road, Eaton Socon, is in a hospital at Stockport, suffering from a wound to his left hand. 26/7/1918 = Mrs. C. Wiles, of Alford, Lincs. Has received the following letter in reference to her husband, Pte. C. Wiles (Beds. Regt.), of Cross Hall [St. Neots] :- B. E. F., France, July 16th 1918, Dear Mrs. Wiles, - I have just received your letter of the 11th.. I very much regret telling you of your husbands death. He was in my platoon and although I had not been with the Platoon for long I had grown very fond of them all, your husband a splendid soldier and one of my best men. I hope you will forgive me for not informing you before. I am very much afraid that this letter will be of little consolation to you. It is the women who suffer most in these times. I have a wife myself and quite understand how you feel. He was killed on 1st July and I regret to say it was impossible to recover his body. - Yours very sincerely. W. Fielden, Lt.

He is remembered in Poziers British Cemetery, Ovilliers la Boisselle, Somme France - panel 28 - 29 and remembered on the St. Neots War Memorial that is situated in the grounds of St. Neots Church .

Many thanks to his relation John Cotton for confirming parts of this information.

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His name as it appears on the panels at Poziers British Cemetery, Ovilliers la Boisselle, Somme France.

If you can help with any data on this Huntingdonshire Cyclist please contact me at huntscycles@btinternet.com  

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. . Martyn Smith