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Name: POPPLEWELL, Harry Bury

Birth Date: 28 July 1884 Flixton, Lancs.

Death Date: 22.7.1918 Chinde, Mozambique, killed in action

First Date: 1910

Profession: Gethin - 1912 involved in Masai move from Laikipia to the Southern Reserve. Killed in action with the KAR during WW1.

Area: HBEA 1912 ADC, Rumuruti, Marakwet, Eldoret

Book Reference: Eldoret, Cobbold, HBEA, Gethin, Hut, Curtis, Gazette, Leader14, Red Book 1912, Red 19, North

War Service: KAR, Royal Irish Rifles

School: Lurgan College; Oxford Univ.

General Information:

Curtis - p. 66 - The Maasai Move of 1911-12 - Gethin's description of the move
Gazette - 24/6/14 - Harry Bury Popplewell - 2nd class Magistrate whilst Asst. DC Marakwet
Red Book 1912 - H.B. Popplewell - Naivasha
Web - Lurgan College War Memorial - It is sometimes forgotten that the Great War was indeed a World War, and Harry Bury Popplewell would remind of this. I suspect that he came to Lurgan College because of family contacts with Mr Cowan while he was Classical Master at Manchester Grammar School, because home was Marple, Cheshire. He was born on 28th July, 1884 and was a boarder at Lurgan College from August 1899 until May, 1903. He had an impressive academic career, gaining an Honours Degree in Classics from Oxford, before entering government service in East Africa. During World War 1 he enlisted in the Royal Irish Rifles, and was a Captain in the 3rd Battalion, attached to 3rd King’s African Rifles. He died on 22nd July, 1918 and is buried in the Lumba British Cemetery, Mozambique.
Gazette - 9/10/1918 - Obituary - His Excellency the Acting Governor deeply regrets to announce the death in action of Captain H.B. Popplewell, 3/3rd KAR, Assistant District Commissioner on the 22nd of July last.
Eldoret A former DC, cut a road through the forest from Elgeyo to Kapsowar. In those days the Marakwet would not cut down a living tree, leaving the Bugishu to do this. They would only dig all round the tree. A memorial to Popperwell is still there by the road.

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