Captain Charles Edward Iles


Charles Edward Iles was born on 17 June 1882 at Yardley, Birmingham, England, the first of two children of thimble manufacturer Charles Edward Iles and his wife Emily Anne. He studied medicine at Birmingham University, graduating in 1905. By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Yardley with his parents and sister and working as a medical practitioner.

Iles was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps on 1 January 1916. He was promoted to captain on 1 January the following year. At some point during the second half of 1916 or in 1917 he was appointed as medical officer to the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment, which was then serving as corps cavalry in France and Belgium.

It is likely that he left the regiment in March 1918 when it was converted to a cyclist regiment and its establishment reduced.

At some point Iles was appointed to the staff of Birmingham General Hospital in the posts of house physician and house surgeon. He later became a doctor on P&O steamships en route to the Far East. He was also awarded an OBE. He died at his home, Membland, St Agnes Road, Moseley, Birmingham, on 10 May 1976.


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