Armond Wilfred MILES, Private 20488 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment; born at Great Glemham, died on 14 October 1916. His age is shown on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website as 25. The CWGC lists him as the son of W. Miles of Easton, Wickham Market; husband of A.E Templing (formerly Miles), of 4, Gordon Terrace, Wickham Market. He is remembered with honour at the Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'abbee. He is also recorded on the Easton War Memorial.
Mericourt-l'Abbe is a village approximately 19 kilometres north-east of Amiens and 10 kilometres south-west of Albert. Heilly Station Cemetery is about 2 kilometres south-west of Mericourt-l'Abbe, on the south side of the road to Corbie.
The 36th Casualty Clearing Station was at Heilly from April 1916. It was joined in May by the 38th, and in July by the 2/2nd London, but these hospitals had all moved on by early June 1917. The cemetery was begun in May 1916 and was used by the three medical units until April 1917. From March to May 1918, it was used by Australian units, and in the early autumn for further hospital burials when the 20th Casualty Clearing Station was there briefly in August and September 1918. The last burial was made in May 1919. There are now 2,890 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. Only 12 of the burials are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 21 casualties whose graves in the cemetery could not be exactly located. The cemetery also contains 83 German graves. The burials in this cemetery were carried out under extreme pressure and many of the graves are either too close together to be marked individually, or they contain multiple burials. Some headstones carry as many as three sets of casualty details, and in these cases, regimental badges have had to be omitted. Instead, these badges, 117 in all, have been carved on a cloister wall on the north side of the cemetery. The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.
The following is a link to Armond's page on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website from where you can download Armond's Commemorative Certificate.
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