George Giles and Mary Ann Wilson 
  Worcestershire, England, and Tipperary, Ireland

George Giles was christened in the parish church at Bromsgrove, in the English Midlands, five days after Christmas, 1821. The first of the five children of  William and Ann Giles who survived to adulthood, George would have by far the most varied and eventful life of anyone in the family. Serving for more than 30 years in the British Army, he lost two wives to premature death, and married three times.

Other than the name scratched onto the parish record at his christening, there is no available documentary evidence to reflect on George’s first 20 years. He joined the British Army where he spent the bulk of his professional life, but research is continuing into his military career and postings. The 59th Foot Regiment had a long history through the 1700s and 1800s, and he served with it in Ireland and Southern England. Later he would be transferred to another regiment in the north of England as a recruiter.

Parents of
George Giles
Father: William Giles - Born 1799 Bromsgrove, Worcester.
Mother: Ann Phillips - Born 1799 Hunt End, Worcester.
Mary Ann Wilson
Father: Unknown
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George Giles: 
Born 1821 Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England
Mary Ann Wilson: 
Born 1826 Ireland
Children of
George Giles and Mary Ann Wilson

Henry Giles - Born 1850 Ireland

Other pages:

  1. Bullet  George Giles second wife, Sarah

  2. Bullet  George Giles’ third wife, Martha

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George’s posting to Tipperary in Ireland opens a window for us into one period of the long and troubled relations of that country with England and the British Empire. And whatever he thought of the local politics, the posting would affect his life in another way. Despite the hostility which so many Irish felt for the British soldiers garrisoned at the town of Templemore in the county of Tipperary, it was common for Irish girls to put aside understandable prejudice and marry a soldier husband. Many Irishmen, in fact, served in the British Army. Mary Ann Wilson, the illegitimate daughter of a presumably Catholic mother, met and married Private George Giles - in  heavily Catholic country - in the Protestant parish of the United Church of England and Ireland, in Templemore, 12 September 1848. (The parish registers for the time show two similar regimental marriages within the prior three months).

George’s posting to Ireland lasted long enough for Mary to have their first child, Henry, two years later. There is a puzzling gap in the written record at this point, because in the 1851 census of England, Mary (she appears as Maria) is living with George’s parents in their home in Redditch, Worcestershire. George is not there - and neither is one-year-old Henry, though their son does show up at age 11 in the next census. It’s possible that George was already posted to his next barracks in the southern English county of Somerset and that it was intended for Mary and the baby to join him. Possibly, she did, but some time in the next  year or two, Mary died.

Templemore area, County Tipperary in south central Ireland, where George Giles served in the British Army’s 59th foot regiment, and where he married Mary Ann Wilson.

Top: Templemore army barracks, now a home for the Irish police.

Above: Templemore street.

Right: Church of Ireland, Templemore, where George Giles and Mary Wilson were married in 1848.

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