Harold Edward Iles was the brother of my paternal grandfather. Harold was the seventh child of George Iles and Emily Pugh.He was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England on the 28 October 1897. He came to Canada with his mother and siblings in 1905. His father had come likely the year before.
Harold signed up to serve in the Army and became a soldier in the 34th Battalion. He sailed aboard the SS California, leaving Canada on the 23 October 1915. He served his country for almost three years. On 26 August, 1918, George Iles received the tragic news that his son, Harold had been killed in action.
What military records can be found online about Harold?
At the Library and Archives Canada website, his attestation papers are online. His full record is not there yet but I ordered his file years ago. Ancestry.ca, has both pages of these papers. It is important when looking at records to check to see if there is a second page. Look in both directions.
Ancestry has the following that can be found when searching for Military Records for Harold.
War Graves Register Circumstances of Death
Library and Archives Canada; War Graves Registers: Circumstances of Death; Box: 196
On the Verso of the card was the location of the Grave in the Toronto British Cemetery.
War Graves Registry: Commonwealth War Graves
Library and Archives Canada (LAC); War Graves Registry: Commonwealth War Graves. RG150, 1992-1993/314, Box 39-244; Box: 82
War Graves Index
Commonwealth War Graves Commission; London, United Kingdom; The War Graves Of The British Empire, The Domart-Sur-La-Luce Group Of Cemeteries France
Find A Grave
The following item was listed in a search on Ancestry. It linked to Find A Grave -
Ancestry.com. Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
Original data: Find A Grave. Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi.
That links to the second monument erected for him. It is the standard monument for Canadian military.
Where else could I look to find information related to his military experience? Library and Archives Canada page about the First World War is a good resource to check. Not all records are available online. Some would require you or someone going on your behalf to Ottawa.
War Diaries - He went over with the 34th Regiment according to his attestation papers but on the records at the time of his death, he is listed with the 14th Battalion (Quebec). Searching for the War Diaries is done by an Image Search. - 14th Battalion - MIKAN 2005904 on web page 25 of that series. Mouse hover over images will show the month and page with in it.
He is remembered on the Canada at War site. An interesting item on this page are the names of men in his Regiment who also were fallen on 8 August 1918.
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