The superb Second World War Battle of the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Indian Ocean / Far East Submariners, and Korean War sloop commanders June 1953 Mention in Despatches group awarded to Lieutenant-Commander P. T. Miles, Royal Navy, a long-served submariner aboard the submarine Clyde, who shared in the famous covert landing of SOE agents on the Andaman Islands of 'Operation Hatch in December 1944; he latterly won a Mention in Despatches for his command of the sloop Crane during the Korean War when she fired no less than 1756 high-explosive 4" rounds, his award being gazetted on 1st June 1953. Miles is also known for his work as an artist, and his book titled A Gift of Observation, published 1988, is a form of autobiography of Miles service, with paintings and sketches done by him during the course of his wartime service, each comprising detailed descriptions of the occasion, all of which he was present for.
1939-1945 Star; Atlantic Star; Africa Star with North Africa 1942-43 Clasp; Burma Star; War Medal; Korea Medal 1950-1953, 1st type obverse, with Mention in Despatches Oakleaf; (LT.CDR. P.T. MILES. R.N.); United Nations Medal for Korea, British issue. Mounted court style as worn.
Together with the following:
The recipients book titled A Gift of Observation by Peter Miles, hardback, published 1988, signed by the author. The book is a form of autobiography of Miles service, with paintings and sketches done by him during the course of his wartime service, each comprising detailed descriptions of the occasion, all of which he was present for.
The recipients matching tunic medal ribbon bar.
A pouch containing naval tunic buttons.
Peter Tremayne Miles was born on 8th June 1920 in Woolwich, the first son of Admiral Sir G. J. A. Miles. Educated at the Nautical College, Pangbourne, he entered the Royal Navy as a Cadet in May 1938 and was appointed Midshipman on 1st May 1939. His first appointment afloat came with the cruiser Newcastle from May 1939-October 1940. During this period she engaged and badly damaged two German destroyers off Brest and also set a record during this period by staying at sea continuously for 126 days. On 23rd November 1939, Newcastle encountered the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau but they escaped in bad weather before other ships could come up. Advanced Sub-Lieutenant on 1st January 1941, Miles thence joined Versatile, aboard whom he served from June-December 1941. Made Lieutenant on 16th February 1942, he completed training as a submariner and served as 1st Lieutenant in Clyde from 13th September 1942-January 1945. Having spent the first period of service with his submarine in for repairs, Clyde was assigned in January 1944 to the Eastern Fleet, joining 2nd Submarine Flotilla at Trincomalee in May. There she took part in patrol and fleet operations, making several covert missions landing SOE agents. On 27th June she bombarded Ross Island, Port Blair, hitting the Port with her 4" shells with deadly accuracy. She thence took part in Operation 'Congress' on 23rd November. Miles gives his own introduction: 'Most of Clyde's subsequent patrols were in the area around the northern end of the Malacca Straits, and were of the type colloquially known as 'False Nose' or 'Cloak and Dagger'. These involved landing special parties with their gear to carry out clandestine operations in enemy held territory and, in due course, picking them up again to return to their bases...This RV took place place off St Luke's Island in the Mergui Archipelago, where the special party had been carry out a reconnaissance of a site for an airstrip. Clyde is trimmed down with her fore hatch just clear of the water, ready to receive the airtrip party and their gear, and her astern wash can just be seen as she takes her way off for them to come alongside abreast the fore hatch. The trio on the fore casing waiting to bring them inboard are the CPO in charge of the fore ends whose territory they are about to invade, an Able Seaman on his right, and me (the one in the blue shirt). In charge of the special boat party and steering the inflatable rubber boat is a US Naval Reserve Lieutenant (a great character - in peacetime a lawyer in Brooklyn) who came as special boat party on several runs in Clyde. As soon as the party were safely embarked, their gear and deflated boat dropped down through the fore hatch and the hatch shut and dogged - a matter of a few minutes - Clyde would quickly move off to get clear of the area by dawn, and head back to Trinco.' Miles then notably participated in Operation 'Hatch' to the Andaman Islands. The mission took place on 21st December 1944 and had been named 'Hatch' which replaced its original name 'Baldhead VIII'. The mission was a risky one, it involved the landing of no less than 28 SOE operatives, which was the most ever dropped at that time. Having used the periscope with the utmost care to prevent detection, Clyde, under command of Lieutenant R. H. Bull, surfaced of Breakfast Bay at 1845hrs and began the unloading of the men and stores, including use of a motorised canoe. On-shore, Major Charles Greig had with him Captain Shaw, besides another unnamed British officer, two Subadars and a number of gallant Pathans and South Indian troops, besides 6 Signalmen. In the spirit of seeing some action, a rather tiresome Staff Lieutenant-Colonel from SOE in Ceylon had come along for the ride to see operations and was swiftly left ashore when it was decided to pause unloading at 0220hrs on 22nd December. He was left, no doubt to the great amusement of those aboard Clyde, behind the lines and firmly in enemy territory. She remained offshore and made the final drop, besides collecting the rather startled Officer, at 0400hrs on 23rd December, returning to Ceylon. The SOE party remained on the Andaman Islands into March 1945 (Special Operations South-East Asia 19421945: Minerva, Baldhead & Longshank/Creek by David Millar refers). In his own words: 'The Army Major in charge of this landing commented, after its successful completion, that he considered all special boat party training was now a waste of time because Clyde had shown she could lie so close to a beach that only a ladder from the after casing would be required to bring the gear ashore - plus, perhaps, a long hook to pick bananas off the nearby palm trees! This was to be my last patrol in Clyde, and the end of a very happy involvement of over two years with this, the largest, fastest and by that time oldest operational submarine in the Navy. I have been recommended for the course to qualify for command of a submarine, known as the 'Perisher', in which, towards the end of May 1945, I duly qualified a few days before my 25th birthday. Miles was given command of H50 on 7th June 1945, his only role being to take the 'Nifty Fifty' to the breakers yard at Troon from Rothesay, before assuming command of Sanguine from 22nd September 1945-April 1946. During the Korean War he commanded Crane and was awarded a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in the London Gazette for 1st June 1953. Having also spent time in Naval Intelligence and as the Naval Member of the Commanders-in-Chief Committee Secretariat British Forces in Germany, Miles retired on 15th November 1962 and died at Windsor on 19th August 1995.
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