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LT. E K MYLES VC DSO.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: LT EDGAR MYLES VC DSO - 9 APRIL 2016

Worcester Branch a held a short wreath laying ceremony at the Worcestershire Regiment Memorial

Stone in Gheluvelt Park, Worcester on Saturday 9th April, commencing 1100 hours, to remember Lt Edgar

Myles VC DSO.
 

2nd Lt Myles saw service with the 9th Bn Worcestershire Regiment at Gallipoli, Egypt and

Mesopotamia in the Tigris campaign. He fought with the rear-guard at the evacuation at Suvla Bay and

Helles in 1915/1916.

He was awarded his Victoria Cross at the age of 21 years, at Sann-I-Yat, Mesopotamia, whilst the 9th Bn

was trying to relieve Kut al-Amara on 9th April 1916 - his Citation reads; Edgar Kinghorn Myles. Lieutenant,

The Welch Regiment, for conspicuous bravery. He went out alone on several occasions in front of our advance

trenches and under heavy rifle fire and at great personal risk, assisted wounded men lying in the open.

On one occasion he carried a wounded officer to a place of safety under circumstances of great danger.

He was also hit while carrying a wounded man but carried on.

Technically Lt Myles was on officer of the Welch Regiment but had served throughout the war with the

9th Bn and afterwards was transferred to the Worcestershire Regiment.

Lt Myles was also awarded the Distinguished Service Order on 17th March 1917.

On 25 th January 1917 with the 9th Bn at Kut al-Amara,whilst he was acting Captain, he was created a

Companion of the Distinguished Service Order. The Citation for this reads: "For conspicuous gallantry and

devotion to duty. When all but two of the Officers became casualties, he, for five hours, inspired

confidence against two counter-attacks and sent back accurate and valuable reports of the situation. His

courage and fine example were largely responsible for the steadiness of all ranks under him".

Captain E K Myles VC DSO died on 31st January 1977 aged 82 yrs.

In November 1960 his Decoration and Medals  came on the market and were bought by the Worcestershire

Regiment and are on display at the Regimental Museum in the City Museum and Art Gallery, Foregate

Street, Worcester.

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Worcester Branch President Richard Fox (Maj Retd.) Having photo taken for press
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Worcester Branch Sec Maurice Smith in conversation with Branch President Richard Fox.
background L., Val Easterlow, Branch Chairman Harry Massam
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R<, Worcester branch Chairman Harry Massam, Neville Fairbairn, Tony Webb, John Hewlett, Mick Leeming
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Worcester Branch Secretary Maurice Smith preparing papers to read out Lt Myles` Citation
background L>, Mick Graham Branch Bugler, Branch President Richard Fox, Val Easterlow, Mike Layland
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Worcester Branch Regimental standards L>, Rudi Heaume, Allan Poyner, Graham Bird Chairman with standard for Kidderminster Branch Mercian Volunteers Regimental Association. Alan Fish
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Branch Secretary Maurice Smith reading Lt E K Myles` Citiation
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After reading citation Sec Maurice Smith Re joins the rank
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Mick Graham plays the Last Post on the bugle
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standards are 'dipped' in respect
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..and remain lowered at rest until the Reveille
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After the Reveille, Branch President Richard Fox (Maj Retd.) stands for a moments respect after laying wreath
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