Policeman William Henry Miles

Policeman William Henry Miles

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, February 20, 1923

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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.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Not available


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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

February 25, 2017

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