On Thursday last the remains of John Miles, alias Smoaker Miles, who died a few years ago in his 74th year of age, were interred at Brighthelmstone. The above well-known character had been for many years the Chief Bather at that place. His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales has distinguished him by several marks of his favour.
From The Sussex Weekly Advertiser, 13 February 1797
You can learn more about John ‘Smoaker’ Miles on this post published last week.