Corps of Military Police

Cap Badge of the Corps of Military Police (King George V)
Soldier Details:
Surname: Giles
Initials:   F.J.
Rank:   Lance Corporal
Army No.:  P/500
Notes:   MMP. He was born at Oxford, enlisted at Epsom and resided in Burgh Heath. Died. Home. Age 40. He was born in Oxford, enlisted 4/11/14, occupation Gardener, died at Haselmere Cottage Hospital, Surrey after an accident, Army Register of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929. Info from two Pension Index Cards. Giles, Frederick John, P/500, MMP, L/Cpl, Case No. 5, WFJ.9, died 28/12/14 result of motor car accident whilst on picquet duty, Widow, Mrs Helen Elizabeth Giles born 19/4/64, Farm Cottage, Canon Lane, Burg Heath, Surrey, child Albert Edward, born 14/12/06, pension 20/- pw from 29/6/15, awarded 11/6/15. Also:- Giles, Helen Elizabeth, 5, Farm Cottage, Canon Lane, Burg Heath, Surrey. P/500, L/Cpl. John Frederick Giles, MMP. Frederick John Giles. Extract from the Bradford Daily Telegraph 29 December 1914. MILITARY PICKET RUN DOWN - SIX MEN INJURED. A military picket were the victims of a serious accident at Haselmere on Sunday night. They were run into by a motor car and Frederick Giles, of the Military Mounted Police, one of six men knocked down, died yesterday morning from his injuries. The picket consisted of nineteen men. They were proceeding along the road;. The six rear men were knocked down, and Giles was hurt about the head. An operation was performed but he died at 4am. Of the other men injured three are now in the military hospital at Bramshott. The driver of the car has been detained by the police. Extract from the West Sussex Gazette 31 December 1914. HASLEMERE. SERIOUS MOTOR ACCIDENT. FATAL INJURIES TO A SOLDIER. DRIVER ARRESTED FOR MANSLAUGHTER. A serious accident took place in Haslemere on Sunday night, when a military picket patrolling Station Road, which is one of the principal streets of the town, was run into by a motor car and Corporal Frederick Giles, one of six men who were knocked down, was so badly hurt that he afterwards died in the Haslemere Cottage Hospital. The picket consisted of 17 men of the Royal Scots Fusiliers (now in Bramshott camp) under the charge of Sergeant Joseph Murphy, with two members of the Haslemere staff of Military Mounted Police and they were proceeding along the Station Road in the direction of the railway station, when they were run into from behind by a large Wolseley mot car driven by Eric Henry Hades, of Pitfold Farm, Shottermill. It was about a quarter to eight in the evening when people were returning from church and there were, therefore many witnesses of the occurrence. The six men waling in the rear were all knocked down and Corporal Giles, who was badly hurt about the head, was taken in the car to the Cottage Hospital, where he was detained, although, after being examined by a doctor, he expressed a with to return home. He was, however, put to bed and during the night a change was noticed in his condition. An operation was performed by Drs. Hutchinson and Winstanley, but the man died shortly after four o'clock on Monday morning, death being due to a fracture of the base of the skull. The other men were all more or less injured and three of them are now in the military hospital at Bramshott. The driver of the car, Eric Henry Hides, who is the owner of the local garage, was arrested at half past nine on Monday morning and charged with manslaughter. Later in the day he was conveyed to the police station at Godalming. The Coroner (Mr. Gilbert White) was communicated with and the inques5t was arranged to take place yesterday (Wednesday).

Casualty Details:
Date Killed: 28th December 1914
Company: MMP
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