In 1913, Philip Napier Miles of Kings Weston house, premiered his first opera, Westward Ho! in the West End. Napier Miles was a well-known amateur composer and promoted music and singing in the local area and across Bristol as a whole. The notable violinist Marie Hall had been one of his most celebrated discoveries, but the gentleman shown here is more of an enigma.
This newspaper report from the Daily Graphic describes a ships painter from Avonmouth who was raised to West End opera singer by Napier Miles, but fails to name him! Does anyone know his name, or anything more about this story?