Lance Corporal Harry Puplett

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.

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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.

Born Ockley, Surrey
Lived Capel, Surrey
Son of Stephen and Annie Puplett of Osbrooks Lodge, Capel
Regiment 5th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders
Number 242018
Date of Death 9th April 1917
Place of Death France
Cause of Death Killed in action
Age 26
Cemetery Roclincourt Valley Cemetery, Somme, France