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Forename(s): Miles

Place of Birth: Liverpool, Lancashire

Service No: 15584

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Border Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 8th (Service) Battalion

Division: 25th Division

Age: 23

Date of Death: 1916-08-05

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: In West part.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: HOWGILL, YORKSHIRE


Additional Information:

Miles Capstick (baptized at Everton, St George, 19 July 1893) was the son of Miles and Mary Alice Capstick, née Willcock. Miles, senior, was born at Howgill, Yorkshire and Mary at Liverpool, Lancashire. Miles, junior, was the cousin of Private John George Capstick (34129) (q.v.) and Private Harry Capstick (267088) (q.v.).

1901 Howgill, Yorkshire Census: Banty Gill Cottage - Miles Capstick, aged 7 years, born Liverpool, Lancashire, son of Miles Capstick, widower.

1911 Orton, Westmorland Census: Friarbiggins - Miles Capstick, aged 17 years, born Liverpool, Lancashire. [Miles was employed by Robert Coates, Farmer.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Miles Capstick, 15584, 8/Bord. R. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 26.9.15. D. of W. 5.8.16.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Miles Capstick, 15584, 8th Border Regt.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Miles Capstick, 15584, Depot - Border. Date and Place of Death: 5.8.16. V.A. Hos., Cheltenham. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Uncle Capstick. £1 3s. 0d. Half Brother - Thomas. £5 4s. 9d. Sister - Edith J. Garrett. £5 4s.9d. War Gratuity: £8 10s. 0d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: joint card(s) exist for Miles and Harry. Name(s) on card(s): Dependant: Mrs Sarah Capstick. Relationship: Mother [of Harry]. Dependant: Mr John Capstick. Dependant: Uncle [of Miles]. Address 1. Beckside, Howgill, Sedbergh, Yorks. Address 2. Moss Cottage, Howgill, Sedbergh, Yorks. Address 3. Gate Side, Howgill, Sedbergh, Yorks.

A short biography of Miles is included in: ‘Sedbergh and District 1914-1918 – But who shall return the children?’ Compiled by Sedbergh and District History Society. Edited by Diane Elphick (2016).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Private Miles CAPSTICK

Private Miles CAPSTICK

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Border Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Border Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 25th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 25th Division

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Forename(s): Miles

Born: Liverpool

Residence: Beckside, Sedbergh

Enlisted: Sedbergh

Number: 15584

Rank: Private

Regiment: Border Regiment

Battalion: Depot


Died Date: 05/08/16

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: Home


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Forename(s): M

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 15584

Rank: Private

Regiment: Border Regiment

Unit: 8th Bn.

Age: 23


Died Date: 05/08/1916

Additional Information: Son of Miles and Alice Capstick.

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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


CAPSTICK Miles of "Banty Gill" Howgill near Sedbergh Yorkshire died 2 July 1904 Administration London 24 September to Thomas Capstick insurance-clerk Effects £87 9s. 6d.

'The Westmorland Gazette' (15 July 1916)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)


CAPSTICK, Miles, Pte., Beckside, Howgill, 8th Border Regt.; wounded in left elbow and left thigh. In hospital at Winchcombe, Glos.

'The Westmorland Gazette' (12 August 1916)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)


CAPSTICK, Pte. M., Howgill, of the Border Regt. (Pals), wounded in the fighting in France by shrapnel some three weeks ago, died in hospital at Winchcombe on Saturday, at the age of 23. He was the youngest son of the late Miles Capstick, of Bantygill Cottage, Howgill. The commandant of the hospital, Miss E. Wedgwood, and the sister in charge have written saying how brave, patient and cheerful Pte. Capstick was throughout all his suffering, and that all in the hospital had the greatest affection for him. Before the body left Winchcombe a service was held in the church, and all the men in hospital and the nursing staff accompanied the corpse to the station. The coffin was draped with the Union Jack, and on it were wreaths from Miss Wedgwood, commandant; Nurse Champendal, the nursing staff, and comrades in the hospital. The body arrived at Sedbergh on Tuesday Morning, and was conveyed to Howgill Church to wait interment in the afternoon. By that time a large number of relations, friends and sympathisers had assembled. Nearly every house in Howgill was represented, and there were many people from Sedbergh, Firbank and the surrounding district. There were also present the Sedbergh Company of Boy Scouts, accompanied by their Scoutmaster, and three men of the Border Regiment who were haymaking in the district. The bearers were cousins of the deceased, and as they entered the church Mrs. Woodhead played 'O rest in the Lord.' The hymns, 'Lead, kindly Light' and 'Peace, perfect peace,' were sung, one at the beginning of the service and the other at the end, and then, to the solemn strains of the Dead March, the remains of Pte. Capstick were carried to their last resting place, followed by Mr. and Mrs. John Capstick, uncle and aunt, Miss Capstick, Miss E. Capstick, Mr. and Mrs. F. Hully (Tebay), and Mr. and Mrs. W. Whitwell (Liverpool). The greatest sympathy is felt in the district for the relatives of the deceased. Besides the wreaths from the hospital there were others from the family and friends. The officiating minister was the vicar, the Rev. W.D. Auden.

'The Westmorland Gazette' (4 November 1916)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)


On Sunday afternoon a memorial service was held in the Parish Church for men from Howgill who have fallen in the war: Pte. James Mason, Pte. Miles Capstick, Pte. Henry Wilson, and Sec.-Lieut. Oswald Whaley, son of the late vicar of Howgill. There was a large congregation. The service consisted of part of the ordinary evening service, part of the burial service, special prayers and sermon, which the vicar ended by saying that "whilst we all sympathise with those who have lost their dear ones, we are all proud of our heroes." At the close of the service the organist played the Dead March.

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


CAPSTICK Miles of Seaburgh [sic] Yorkshire private Border regiment died 5 August 1916 at V.A.D. Hospital Cheltenham Administration London 5 July to Edith Jane Garrett (wife of Alfred Joseph Garrett). Effects £16 11s. 5d.

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Holy Trinity Churchyard, Howgill

Holy Trinity Churchyard, Howgill

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The Sedbergh men who gave their lives

The Sedbergh men who gave their lives

Centre panel - Top row (l-r): Corporal John Charles Leighton, Private Edwin Storey, Private Miles Capstick, Pioneer Fred Teesdale Bushby. Second row (l-r): Sergeant Harry Lyddington Mason, Gunner George Armstrong Thompson, Private Harold Hardy Pearson, Private Noel Bennett. Third row (l-r): Private Albert Brookes, Private John Giles Stainton, Private Henry James Clemmet, L/Corporal Thomas William Clemmet. Fourth row (l-r): Private Thomas Leighton Hall, Private Joseph Charles Bateman

Three-panel oil-painting, courtesy of the artist, David Hartnup



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    One Response to Miles CAPSTICK

    1. Alan Bateman September 25, 2023 at 2:42 pm #

      Miles Capstick is my maternal 2nd cousin, once removed. He is buried at Holy Trinity, Howgill, Sedbergh – within a few hundred yards of his birthplace.
      The churchyard is consequently designated a War Grave.
      Both his parents were deceased in 1916, such that his uncle and aunt – John Capstick and Sarah nee Scott were the chief mourners at Miles’ funeral. They were to suffer the loss of two of their sons – John George and Harry – in 1917.

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