Wiles, Thomas

Thomas Wiles was born on the 4th of June 1895 in Holme upon Spalding Moor, Yorkshire. In 1911 he still lived with his parents at Water End and was a farm labourer.
On September 28th 1914 Thomas Wiles leaves the village to join the East Yorkshire Regiment in Hull as Private Thomas Wiles service number 12/706. He fIrst served in Egypt and later in France, where he was captured and taken as a Prisoner of War to Sprottau, Germany. On January 2nd 1918 Private Thomas Wiles 12/706 of the East Yorkshire
Regiment, 12th Battalion died whilst a POW in Sprottau camp. He died there in the Military Hospital. He was the fIrst British Prisoner of War to die there and the British prisoners organised a funeral for him. The German Kommand allowed all British prisoners to attend and photographs were taken of the event. The Prisoners also built and erected a War Memorial in Sprottau Cemetery. After the war ended Sprottau became part of Poland and its polish name is Szprotawa. After the War all bodies were moved to the War Cemetery Berlin South West. Private Wiles name is commemorated in Berlin South Western Cemetery, VIII. C. 3.


First name:
THOMAS
Military Number:
12/706
Rank:
Private
Date Died
02/01/1918
Place died:
Berlin South-Western Cemetery, Brandenburg, Germany
Age:
22
WATER END, SPALDING, EAST RIDING, EAST YORKSHIRE, United Kingdom