Policeman William Henry Miles

Policeman William Henry Miles

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, February 20, 1923

William Henry Miles

Policeman William Miles was beaten to death while attempting to arrest four men in Manayunk.

His body was found at the bottom of a set of 84 stairs that lead from Dawson Street to Ridge Avenue. Investigators believed he caught four men who were burglarizing a nearby mill and that they beat him with a blunt instrument, causing him to suffer fatal head injuries.

Policeman Miles had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 12 years. He was a widower and was survived by his five children. His wife had died in a flu epidemic.

Bio

  • Age 39
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Not available

burglary

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Thank you for posting this. This is a picture of my grandfather that I or my sisters have never saw a photo of. I also saw a posting here of a relative that I didn't know we had, which would be a cousin to my children. His son, Robert Miles, was my father. He passed in 1988 and do not have much information on his father.

Linda Fair
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February 25, 2017

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