Captain/Adjutant Edward Karl Maur Depledge
Born. Leeds 1894.
Killed In Action. 3rd June 1916, age 22.
Edward Karl Maur Depledge was the only son of William Thomas and Isis Depledge of "Rosehurst", Headingley, Leeds. After attending Uppingham school, Harrogate. He worked for his father in the family's timber business. He was a prominent member of the Harrogate old boys rugby football club and gained some distinction as a three quarter back having played for Yorkshire against Cumberland on January 15th, 1913.
When War was declared in August 1914, Edward enlisted on the 9th of September as a Private with the " Pals" but on the 25th was given an immediate commission with the rank of Captain. On the 15th May 1915, he was appointed Adjutant to the battalion, in place of Captain Louis Meredith Howard, who had been Adjutant since December 1914, and was now promoted to Major and 2nd in command. Captain Depledge served as Adjutant of the "Pals", throughout their stay in Colsterdale, Egypt and France.
He was killed on Saturday 3rd June 1916, a week after he had returned to the trenches from 7 days leave in England.
The war diary states that on that day :
The battalion was ordered to prepare for another spell in the trenches. During the afternoon a German shell landed in Wicker trench, killing Captain Depledge, and wounding Major C Dewhurst, who was in temporary command (Lieut/Colonel Stuart Campbell Taylor being wounded a few days before) and slightly wounding Lieutenant Pope Smith .
The very same day, Captain depledge’s parents had received a postcard from him stating:
" We are going forward sooner than we had expected "
The Brigadier wrote to his family a few days after his death, an extract was printed in the Yorkshire Evening Post:
" I was awfully fond of the boy and keenly regret his loss ".
He lies in Bertrancourt Military Cemetery, France.