On this day 12th July 1915

No record in the War Diary [WO/95/2694]

1563 Depledge1563 Pte. Harry Depledge was killed in action and buried in Maple Copse. He was the first man of the 1/6th Battalion to be buried in this little copse, however, after the War his grave was lost, like that of 6 of his comrades and all of them are now commemorated on a special memorial with the grounds of the new cemetery.1563 Depledge

depledgeHarry enlisted into the 6th Battalion on the 8th February 1912 aged 17. He lived at Shallcross Mill near Fernilee and was a collier by trade in the employment of Buxton Lime Kilms Company. He served with “H” Whaley Bridge Company.


The High Peak News records that Harry was ‘buried this morning in a little graveyard behind the trenches’.

Amongst the wounded was 2828 Pte. Edward Napier Mills, who was a cowhand from Wiltshire and served with “C” Company. He remained with the 1/6th Battalion for the duration of the War; later being prompted to Sergeant and finally disembodied on the 3rd March 1919.2828 Mils2828 Mills


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