Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1916, Second Lieutenant Allan Oswald Miles, 13th Battalion, the Gloucestershire Regiment, was killed during the fighting near Richebourg l’Avoue in France.
The fourth son of the Vicar of Almondsbury, he was educated at Pembroke Lodge Preparatory School and Lancing College. After obtaining his M.A. degree at Trinity College, Oxford, he returned to Pembroke Lodge to take up the post of schoolmaster. On the 30th of December in 1914 he joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, and two months later was commissioned into the Glouchestershire Regiment.
On the day of his death Second Lieutenant Miles had been leading his men under heavy machine-gun and shell fire. He received a shot to the head after he stopped to tend to a wounded soldier, and died instantly. Tributes paid speak of a man popular with all ranks, well-respected, gallant and cheerful. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial at Pas-de-Calais in France, and also on the Almondsbury war memorial.
Allan, from Almondsbury in Gloucestershire, was 27 years old.