Canadian Virtual War Memorial

James Reginald Giles

In memory of:

Pilot Officer James Reginald Giles

July 26, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

J190930

Age:

22

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

432 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Born:

September 13, 1921
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

Enlistment:

October 23, 1941
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Son of Frederick and Jessie Giles of Red Deer Hill, Saskatchewan.

Commemorated on Page 315 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

BRETENIERE CHURCHYARD
Cotes-d'Or, France

Grave Reference:

Coll. grave 1.

Location:

Breteniere is a village and commune 10 kilometres south-east of Dijon. The collective grave of British and Canadian airmen is to the right of the entrance.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Pilot Officer James Reginald Giles is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer James Reginald Giles is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of JAMES REGINALD GILES– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Grave marker– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Breteniere Churchyard
  • Photo of James Reginald Giles– Born on 13 Sep 1921 1921-MacDowall,(Red Deer Hill) Saskatchewan, Canada to Frederick Giles and Jessie Penelope Baird.
The other children were;
Arnold Fredrick  B: 17/02/1917 D: 14/06/1997
 
Robert Stanley “Stan” B: 02/11/1919 D:18/09/2011
 
James Reginald B: 21/09/1921  D: KIA 26/07/1944
 
Phyllis Irene B: 06/10/1923  D: Do not have exact date of death. 
 
The family farmed in the Red Deer Hill district.  They were the second owners of land that had been homesteaded by their grandparents Robert and Agnes Giles in 1879. The land was farmed by Fred and then Arnold and Stan, and was sold out of the family in 1997.  So the Giles family has a long history in Red Deer Hill.

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