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On the memorial it is stated that Cpl Wiles died as a result of wounds received at the Battle of Paardeberg, which is correct, but what is not known, amazingly, is that Wiles made an almost full recovery and worked in Netley Military Hospital as an orderly.
Lance-Cpl Alfred Rose, from Ladywood, fought in the ill-fated battle of Paardeberg in February 1900 where a quarter of his force were killed.
He writes: The Battle of Paardeberg took place on February 18, 1900, and the Yorkshire Regiment was heavily involved, as the following account by the distinguished historian Thomas Packenham confirms: First into the attack were the 1st Welsh and the 1st Essex but they were pinned down in the plain.