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Pte. Henry Miles Pereira British Army 16th Btn. Rifle Brigade

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Pte. Henry Miles Pereira

British Army 16th Btn. Rifle Brigade

from:12 Anatola Road, North London

(d.5th June 1916)

Whilst researching my family tree and chatting to my mother who is aged 84 and nee Pereira, the question came as to why my uncle's middle name was Miles. Mum explained it was following the death of her uncle during the first world war. Henry Miles Pereira's death in France on the 5th June 1916 was never really discussed by Mum's family she explained. I have since attempted to find out more; I have established very little if anything about his death in service, other than being shot in the thigh and this wound proving to be fatal; he was a "bomber" which I understand to be a hand grenade thrower during trench attacks. I would be very interested to find out more. He is buried at Beuvry in the Gorre British Cemetery. I located his death plaque, medals, death scroll and more importantly letter from his CO to his mother, all on an auction web site. Sadly this was post-auction and I was unable to secure these family heirlooms. I hope they are proudly displayed in another distant relative's home.

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