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Harris - Miles Wedding at Berry Hill, Gloucestershire in 1935

Image: a wedding between the Miles family of Bream and the Harris family of Berry Hill in 1935. (65k)

This photo was taken in Berry Hill on Dec 14th 1935.
Left to right: Mrs Mary Miles (mother of Harry), Mrs Clara Miles (- nee Leach, wife of Harry - sitting ), Harry Miles, Ken Miles, Ethel Cox (nee Miles), Les Miles, Sue Miles (nee Harris), Eileen Roe (nee Harris - sister of bride), Mr Harris (father of bride), Mrs Harris (sitting), ? . The pageboy at the front may be Trevor Harris, who was killed in the Korea conflict.
The Harris family lived in a cottage in a lane running along the boundary of Berry Hill Recreation Ground which is now owned by Berry Hill R.F.C. It is about 40 yards from the Y.M.C.A. This is where the photograph was taken. The zinc fence in the right background marks the border of the ground.
The Miles family were from Bream and the Harris family were from Berry Hill. Mr Harris was a "Deputy" at Cannop colliery. - Below is Mary Miles again with her husband George:

Image: George and Mary Miles of Bream.
George Miles and Mary Miles (photo Juanita Bender)

George Miles started work in "The Pit" (a coal mine) aged 9. His first job was minding doors. This involved opening and closing doors underground to aid ventilation. He died in 1932 aged 61 years. Mary Miles died in 1954 aged 83 years. Both are buried in St James churchyard, Bream.
Thanks to Hylton Miles, Maurice Thomas and A Miles for their recollections.

Geraldine Smith added (Oct 2006): "Clara Miles (nee Leech) sitting left was a sister to my grandmother Gwyneth Leech. Born at St. Briavels 1889 she was the daughter of Tom Leech and Mary (nee Jenkins). Mary was the daughter of Simeon Jenkins and Sarah (nee Hopkins) from Bream. Simeon was the son of Samuel Jenkins of Bream. If anyone could supply me with ... any other material relating to Clara Leech I would be most grateful". Please contact: image: Miles Harris Leech Jenkins Hopkins, Berry Hill Bream

Steven Harris added (Oct 2008): "The man at the far right of the picture is my great grandfather. My father Clive Harris agrees the page boy is Trevor. If anyone has any more old pictures of the Harris family Ii would be grateful if they could contact me at:

Daren Vidler added (June 2018): "... Very Interesting love to hear from anyone connected with the family George and Mary Miles are my Great Great Granparents".

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