1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment 1944-45 - Awards and Citations
WS/Sergeant Oliver Bert MILES (5257801)
Oliver Miles as was recommended by Lieut.-Col. M. R. J. Hope-Thomson on the 29th June 1945 for a Silver Star Medal (U.S.A.).
Silver Star Medal (U.S.A.) (London Gazette date 24th January 1946)
“This NCO greatly distinguished himself by gallantry in action during the fighting in the GEILENKIRCHEN area last November, when the Division was attacking in conjunction with a USA Infantry Division on its right. On 18th November 1944, the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment attacked and took the villages of RISCHDEN and TRIPSRATH. During the attack Sergeant MILES commanded the leading section of the leading Platoon fearlessly leading his men in clearing dense woods under heavy LMG, Mortar and shell fire. His dash and leadership greatly assisted the speed of the men. A few hours after the village was taken the enemy counter attacked fiercely with tanks and infantry. Sergeant MILES, his Platoon Commander and Platoon Sergeant having become casualties, was commanding the greatly depleted Platoon which was holding a portion of the village perimeter, in defensive positions in gardens and houses. Under heavy fire, in close contact with the enemy, with complete disregard for his own safety, Sergeant MILES was tireless in moving round his Platoon area, encouraging his men, pointing out targets, and generally raising morale during several hours heavy fighting in which Sergeant MILES’ Platoon repelled several attacks from superior numbers. His courage, leadership and careless exposure of his won person were important factors in the successful repelling of this serious and determined enemy attack in this sector.”
Sergeant O. B. Miles
Oliver Miles was born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales on the 19th December 1912. He joined ‘D’ Company of the 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment and became a Corporal in 16 Platoon. He landed in Normandy with 16 Platoon. Later he was promoted to Sergeant.
He died in Mid Warwickshire in 2002, age 89