Thank you to Bernice Forsyth and Mary Day from Capel Local History Group for allowing Dorking Museum to publish their research.
Harry was born in Ockley in 1891, first son of Stephen and Annie Puplett of Oakhurst, Ockley. Harry’s father was a coachman, his mother, a laundress.
In 1901, the family was still living at Oakhurst in Ockley. Stephen and Annie were still working in the same jobs. Harry, now 10, was at school. He had two older sisters; Annie (15), who was working as a laundry maid and May (14) who was working as a domestic servant. The Pupletts also employed 23 year old Phyllis Rowland as a servant in the house.
In 1911, the family had moved to Osbrooks Lodge in Capel. Stephen was now working as a domestic gardener, as was 20 year old Harry. Annie was still working as a laundress, and the two older sisters had left home. 15 year old Annie Daws also lived in the house, and worked in the laundry.
Harry enlisted in Cricklewood into the 5th Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders with a regimental number of 242018.
Harry was killed in action on the 9th of April, 1917 on the Somme. He is buried in Roclincourt Valley Cemetery in France.
At the time of Harry’s death his parents were living at Osbrooks Lodge, Capel.
|Son of||Stephen and Annie Puplett of Osbrooks Lodge, Capel|
|Regiment||5th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders|
|Date of Death||9th April 1917|
|Place of Death||France|
|Cause of Death||Killed in action|
|Cemetery||Roclincourt Valley Cemetery, Somme, France|