Harold Edward LILES
Rank: Corporal
Number: 244940
Unit: 10th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 3 May 1918
Age: 33
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke , Belgium

Harold had been born in Cheadle. The 1901 Census shows that, at the time, he was living at 75/77 High Street, Cheadle and working at that address as a butcher's assistant. He was the brother of  Frank Liles, also remembered on the Cheadle Memorial. Before the War, Frank also carried on trade as a butcher in the village. Their father was David Liles, a bootmaker living at 9 High Street with another son and daughter - Walter and Florence.

Harold's service number suggests that he did not join the army until later in the war, although he had served as a part-time Territorial soldier with the Cheshire Yeomanry (service number 1536). He enlisted at Chester, probably whilst still serving with the Yeomanry. At some point, probably in 1916, he was transferred to the 10th Cheshires.

After a period away from the front line, the Cheshires went back into the trenches during the evening of 1 May. This was near Kemmel, approximately 10 kilometres south west of the town of Ypres (now Ieper). On 3 May, the enemy heavily shelled them throughout the day in what was believed to be preparations for an attack. The attack did not materialise but four soldiers, including Harold, had been killed.

(NB: Original research by John Hartley for the Cheadle & Gatley War Memorials website). Updated: February 2008.

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