Reginald James Giles served with The Royal Warwickshire Regiment when in November 1942 The 8th (Midland) Parachute Battalion was formed from the 13th Battalion The Royal Warwickshire Regiment. The 8th (Midland) Parachute Battalion was part of the 3rd Parachute Brigade of the newly formed 6th Airborne Division in 1943.
After training at Hardwick Hall he attended Parachute Training Course 44 which ran at RAF Ringway from 28 December 1942 to 8 January 1943. The course notes record "L/C Giles: Performed well. A good NCO and is fully recommended’
Sgt Giles served in HQ Company of 8th Battalion. He served in Normandy, where records show he was injured in the drop.
He was demobbed in August 1946.