Miles, Harry



Harry's age and occupation is unknown* (see Note below), but it is said he was an attender at the Quaker Prayer Meeting in Sydenham.

Conscientious Objection during the First World War:
Harry was conscripted into the Kings Royal Rifle Corps at Mill Hill barracks, was court martialled on 25 May, 1916 for refusing to obey orders and was sentenced to one year hard Labour in prison. This was commuted to 112 days at Winchester Gaol starting on 31 May. His appeal was held at the Central Tribunal at Wormwood Scrubs on 17 August where his claim to be a conscientious objector was found to be genuine and he was referred to the Home Office Scheme. He was discharged from Winchester Gaol and on 22 August and employed under this scheme in various location and eventually found himself in Dartmoor where from 26 July to 25 October 1918 he was exceptionally employed under its terms.

Further research needs to be done to see if Harry is Henry "Havelock" Miles of 59 Perry Hill, Catford as Arthur Creech-Jones lists a H.Havelock Miles in Winchester Gaol in July 1916, and the Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors shows Harry in Winchester at the same time, although Henry Miles is not an unusual name and they may not be one and the same person.

See also the Note at the end of Herbert Henry Miles's biography.

Cyril Pearce, (University of Leeds) Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors.
Arthur Creech-Jones //On the Latest Information Concerning all Men arrested at the Dulwich Branch in the Special Collections at the Bodleian Library.

Ann O'Brien, Volunteer at Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre, May 2014 revised July 2015

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