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  • ID: I4026
  • Name: Miles Radcliffe
  • Prefix: Captain
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 13 OCT 1883 in Werneth Park, Oldham
  • Death: 12 DEC 1914 in Kemmel, Ypres, Belgium, Killed In Action
  • Burial: Kemmel Churchyard, Belgium
  • Note:
    In 1891 he was living in Cheltenham with his parents.

    He was educated at Cheam Preparatory School followed by Harrow School from 1897 to 1901.

    On 13th January 1904 after being a Gentleman Cadet at the Royal Military College he became a Second Lieutenant in the Border Regiment.

    He served in South Africa with the Mounted Infantry from 1906 to 1907.

    In 1911 he was an officer in the 2nd Batallion Border Regiment based at Headley in Hampshire.

    In 1913 he married Kathleen Duffin and they had a child Miles Claude Radcliffe on 13th January 1914.

    On 29th October 1914 he was promoted from Lieutenant to Captain in the Border regiment.

    He was Killed in action in WW1.
    From the 1st Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers War Diary it states:
    12.12.14 - Relieved H.A.C (Honourable Artillery Company) in trenches as before (near Kemmel 8km south west of Ypres). Captain M. Radcliffe, Border Regiment attached to Bn & in charge of machine gun killed in Rt. trench, opposite P.T. 26.

    He was shot through the heart by a sniper while returning to a dug-out.

    One of his fellow officers wrote: ?We are all most sorry about your son; he had done extremely well, and was a very good and gallant officer.?

    From CWGC:
    Rank: Captain
    Date of Death: 12/12/1914
    Age: 31
    Regiment/Service: Border Regiment 2nd Bn. attd. 1st Bn. Royal Scots (Fusiliers)
    Grave Reference Sp. Mem. 2.
    Cemetery: KEMMEL CHURCHYARD, Heuvelland West-Vlaanderen, Belgium (8km south west of Ypres)
    Additional Information:
    Son of Henry Miles and Eva Bertha Radcliffe; husband of Dorothy Kathleen Radcliffe, of "The Laurels" Hull Rd., York.

    His grave is marked ?Known to be buried in this cemetery? and his personal gravestone inscription reads: ?Peace, Perfect Peace?.
    In St Thomas? Church, Crosscrake, a brass memorial was placed in Miles? memory with the inscription: ?In loving memory of Captain Miles Radcliffe, 2nd Battalion Border Regiment, killed in action near Ypres Belgium on Dec. 12th 1914 aged 31. Be thou
    faithful unto death and i will give you a crown of life.?

    There is a memorial plaque to him at St. George's Memorial Church in Belgium.

    Probate Will:
    RADCLIFFE Miles of Summerlands Kendal Westmoreland died 12 December 1914 at or near Ypres Belgium. Administration (with Will) London 10 February to Dorothy Kathleen Radcliffe widow. Effects 8807 4s 10d.

    == Sources ==

    * National Archives
    Service record: WO 339/5895
    Unit War Diary: 3 DIVISION, 9 INFANTRY BRIGADE: 1 Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers 1914 Aug. - 1916 Mar: WO 95/1432

    2 Battalion Border Regiment 01 October 1914 - 30 November 1917
    WO 95/1655/1

    London Gazette
    Second Lieutenant:
    Promotion to Captain:

    Notes kindly provided by Paul Foster, military historian and First World War specialist, from


    Miles Radcliffe

    War diary entry showing he was killed while in charge of machine gun

    Newcastle Journal 18th December 1914 listing him among fallen officers

    London Gazette Second Lieutenant

    London Gazette promotion to Captain

    Newspaper obituary

    This memorial plaque to Captain Miles Radcliffe of the 2nd Border Regiment is inside the church of St. Thomas, Crosscrake

    Gravestone at Kemmel cemetery in Belgium

  • Change Date: 22 JAN 2016 at 22:50:02

    Father: Henry Miles Radcliffe b: 11 APR 1851
    Mother: Emily Bertha Platt b: 11 JUN 1858

    Marriage 1 Dorothy Kathleen Duffin b: 23 NOV 1891 in Yorkshire
    • Married: 15 JUL 1913 in Paris Church, Parish Of St Andrew's, Droitwich, Worcester 2
    1. Has No Children Miles Claude Radcliffe b: 13 JAN 1914 in Summerlands, Preston Richard, Westmorland

    1. Title: Pedigree of the Platt Family by J.P. Hall
      Author: Joseph Platt Hall
      Abbrev: Joseph Platt Hall
      Abbrev: Pedigree of the Platt Family by J.P. Hall
    2. Title: Widow's pension in national archives WO 339/5895
      Abbrev: Widow's pension in national archives WO 339/5895
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