Miles, Herbert Henry

Dates

Address
44 Dacre-park, Lee* (see note below)

Herbert Henry was a cabinet maker and a Baptist.

Conscientious Objection during the First World War
His appearance before the Military Service Tribunal was reported in the Lewisham Borough News on March 17, 1916 and in the Kentish Mercury of the same week. It was reported by both papers that he was believed to be the cousin of Archibald, Cyril, and Henry "Havelock" also appearing on the same day.

He told the tribunal that he was a Baptist and had been able to find two Baptist ministers living reasonably locally who agreed with him in conscientiously objecting. He refused to accept a non-combatant certificate and his claim was disallowed.

Note:
The address given by both the local papers raises questions as no Miles is shown living at 44 Dacre-park, Lee on either the electoral register or Kellys Post Office Directory, but there is a Geroge Frederick Miles shown at 44 Dacres Road, Lower Sydenham.

There are also questions as to whether this Herbert Henry was indeed a cousin, possibly the reporters present were confused by all the Miles in attendance and the similarity of their names. See Note on entry for Herbert Henry Miles, 59 Perry Hill, Catford giving further information.

Source:
Lewisham Borough News March 17, 1916
Kentish Mercury May 26, 1916
Dulwich N-C.F What are Conscientious Objectors? July 1917 in the Cumbria Archive Centre ref:D/Mar/4/97


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

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