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Colonel Frank Lucas Netlam Giles (1879-1930), Royal Engineers, D.S.O. (1915), O.B.E. (1923): British soldier and military attaché.

Giles was only son of the Hon. Frank Giles, ICS (North West Province and Oudh),[1] the son of Frank George Giles (1815-) C.E.,[2] elder son of the canal and railway engineer Francis Giles.[citation needed]

Alfred Giles (1816-1895), MP for Southampton, was a great-uncle and Sir Charles Tyrrell Giles, K.C. (1850-1940), was a first cousin-once-removed.[citation needed] He was educated at Marlborough and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.[citation needed]

Giles served in Boer/South African War, 1902 (Queen's Medal, three clasps); was part of European War, 1914–17, the West African Frontier Force (WAFF) / Kamerun Campaign in Kamerun / Cameroons Expeditionary Force 1914-1916 (despatches), and was made Lieutenant-Colonel while serving in France in 1916-18 (despatches).[3]

After the Great War Giles served as British Commissioner on the (Serbo) Yugoslav-Bulgarian International Frontier Commission between 1920 and 1922/23 and the (Serbo) Yugoslav-Albanian International Frontier Commission (Albanian Frontier Commission) between 1922 and 1925. He was promoted to Colonel (temporarily) on 30 May 1925. Military attaché to Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia (SCS) in Belgrade and Athens, 1925-until summer 1929. He was a member of the United Service Club; and lived (1928) at Thurlston House, Fleet, Hants, and with the British Legation, in Belgrade and Athens.[4][5]

Family[edit | edit source]

Briefcase with initials for Elgiva Mary Giles (1890-1970), younger daughter of Captain Charles Ackland-Allen.

In 1916,[6] he married Elgiva Mary (1890-1970) younger daughter of Captain Charles Ackland-Allen (1854-1934), JP, of The Cross, St Hilary, Vale of Glamorgan, near Cowbridge, by Gertrude, daughter of Henry Bearcroft, of Mere Hall at Hanbury near Droitwich, by his wife Ellen Vernon (1831-1902), daughter of Bromsgrove solicitor George Croft Vernon, of that family of Hanbury Hall.[7]

Elgiva Giles's sister was Dorothy Florence Ackland-Allen (1887-1963), F.R.H.S. (Fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society); served in Great War 1914-18 with Y.M.C.A. (France), War Office 1917-19; chairman Glamorgan Federation of Women's Institutes, formerly member Glamorgan Women's Land Army Advisory committee; J.P. (1942) Glamorgan; lady of the manor of St Hilary.[8]

Frank and Elgiva Giles were the parents of Frank Thomas Robertson Giles (31 July 1919 – 30 October 2019) and Elizabeth Elgiva Giles (1917-2005).

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Educated at Marlborough College. Served in India from 1873-1898. Secretary and Member of the provisional legislative council November 1893 - January 1894. Superintendent Dehra Dun, 1896. (The India List and India Office List, London, 1905).
  2. Educated Charterhouse (1826). (LIST of CARTHUSIANS, 1800 TO 1879, edited by William Douglas Parish (1833-1904), Chancellor of Chichester Cathedral, Vicar of Selmeston with Alciston, Sussex, published by Farncombe and Co., Lewes, 1879).
  3. Kelly's Handbook to the Titled, Landed and Official Classes, 1928.
  4. 'Who Was Who, Volume III, 1929-1940', London 1941, and, Kelly's Handbook to the Titled, Landed and Official Classes, 1928.
  5. University College London archives: Reference Number GIL/1-12. 1921-1928 : 'The papers chiefly cover Colonel Giles's service on the Albanian Frontier Commission, but the collection also contains papers from his time on the Yugoslav-Bulgarian International Boundary Commission and as a military attaché to Belgrade, Athens and Prague.' Includes Reports of the Albanian Frontier Commission (Commission Internationale de Délimitation des Frontières de L'Albanie), 1922-1926. UCL SSEES.
  6. Glamorgan Gazette, 7 July 1916
  7. The Longcrofts: 500 Years of a British Family by James Phillips-Evans (2012).
  8. Kelley's Handbook, 1954.

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