Jesse Miles (1897-1918) - Pte G/14065 2nd Bn Royal Sussex RegimentJesse Mileswas the third of four sons of Eneas and Charlotte Emma (nee Lane) Miles of Horsham. He was born in Victoria Street, Horsham around the end of December 1897 and was baptised in St Mary’s, Horsham on 30th January 1898.In the 1911 census he was still living with his, now widowed, father in Horsham and moved with him to Barns Green when he moved with Eneas’ new wife Vashti a couple of years later. This of course made Jesse step brother to Horace Lucas whose sacrifice is recorded on an earlier page.Jesse signed up with the 2ndBattalion Royal Sussex Regiment as Private G/14065 in late August/early September 1916. At this time the 2ndSussex were heavily embroiled in the fighting on the Somme and it is likely that Jesse was recruited as part of the drive to rebuild the Battalion after the losses experienced in this phase of the conflict.Although we do not have a date of embarkation, it is likely that Jesse would have been with the regiment in France by the beginning of the following year and would have fought with them through the remainder of their time on the Somme. By the time they left for the northern part of the front near Ypres in May 1917, the regiment had lost over 10,000 officers and men, but Jesse had survived.Although there was time for rest and recuperation along the Flanders coast, more fighting was experienced in June before the Battalion was withdrawn for a summer posting to Le Clipon camp to prepare for a secret combined military and naval offensive being planned for later in the year. This action did not come to fruition however and November found the battalion back in the fighting – this time in the mud of Passchendaele. A further five months in the Ypres area followed before the Battalion moved south once more to the area around Cambrai and eventually even further south to Arras and the “100 Days” offensive that led to the final defeat of Imperial Germany.It was here, on the 18th September 1918, in the assault on Vadencourt, that Jesse was killed in action.The War Diary describes the action in some detail but Jesse is not mentioned by name. He was simply one of 21 “Other Ranks” killed on this day.He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial about 10 kilometres south-east of Arras and on the Itchingfield War Memorial.For his service he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.