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