Captain John Adam Whitson Douglas Myles

Biography of Captain John Adam Whitson Douglas Myles

John Myles was the son of Adam and Hannah Myles. His father studied law at Edinburgh University, and became a partner in his father's firm in Forfar, where John was born. The family moved to Glasgow, where Adam became Town Clerk and an acknowledged expert on local government.

After attending Kelvinside Academy and Fettes College, John matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1913 to study for an Arts degree. In his first year he took Ordinary Latin, Greek, and Political Economy. He enjoyed a game of golf and was a member at Douglas Park, Hillfoot, Milngavie. Shortly after passing his exams, however, he accepted a commission in the Highland Light Infantry in the autumn of 1914 and went off to war.

Lieutenant John Myles was attached to the King's African Rifles, and sent to East Africa in 1916. The following year he was promoted to Captain. He did not, however, survive the war. He died of poisoning on 29th May 1918 and is buried at Mangotchi Town Cemetery, Malawi. He was twenty-one.


Captain John Adam Whitson Douglas Myles
Rank: Captain
Regiment: Highland Light Infantry - Kings Own African Rifles
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Died from poisoning
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/362, 1141
Photo ID: Courtesy of Douglas Park Golf Club. All rights reserved.


University of Glasgow Registry Records

University of Glasgow Roll of Honour Records (GUAS Ref: CH 4/4/2/3/362, 1141)

Photograph: Image reproduced by kind permission of Douglas Park Golf Club, Hillfoot, Bearsden, Glasgow

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission ' Debt of Honour Register

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