Harold died only 4 days before Pte John Stenson from Fairfield, also remembered at Dud Corner Cemetery, Pte John Rawlinson, Pte Harold Orgill and Pte Tom Brewster Horn also from Fairfield are remembered at the same memorial.
Report in the Buxton Advertiser of Harolds death 2nd September 1916. News has been received by the War Office by Mr & Mrs George Orgill, of 18 Ash Terrace, that their son has fallen in action. Originall reported missing after the great attack at Loos, about 12 months ago, there seems to be no doubt now that he has bravely laid down his life. Pte Orgill had served for no less than eighteen years in His magestys Navy, but on the outbreak of war was transferred to the Army, much sympathy is offered to his bereaved parents, and his wife and two children, who are at present residing in Plymouth.
Harold Orgill: 8th (Service) Battalion, The Devonshire Regiment was raised at Exeter on the 19th of August 1914 as part of Kitchener’s First New Army and joined 14th (Light) Division as Divisional Troops. In May 1915 they left the Division, having completed training, but a lack of ammunition delayed them and it was not until the 26th of July that they proceeded to France, landing at Le Havre. On the 4th of August 1915 they joined 20th Brigade, 7th Division. They were in action in The Battle of Loos. – See more at: http://www.wartimememoriesproject.com/greatwar/allied/devonshirergt8-gw.php#sthash.c0wO0Jd7.dpuf
Born: Harold was born on the 21st December 1880, at 7 Tor Street, Buxton, the son of George and Emma Orgill. He had an older sister Florence & an older brother William.
1891 Census: Aged 10yrs living with parents (Dad George) in Gorton. Manchester. I am unsure when the family returned to Buxton and there is only one brief record of any of the Orgill children being at North Road School, that being Herbert who attended school from 4th October 1897 – 24th November 1897.
1901 Census: Royal Naval Barracks. Stoke, Devonport. (Dad George living at 18 Ash terrace, Fairfield).
1907: On the 6th January Harold married Ethel Louise Dyer.
WW1 Enlisted in Devonport into the Army, his Medal Index Card shows that he entered France with his Battalion on the 25th July 1915, however his Service papers are no longer available.