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Lt. Colonel Aged 37 Years.
4th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, 190th Brigade, 63rd Royal Naval Division.
Marple's only Victoria Cross recipient was born in Manchester on 19th July 1880. Initially his connection with the village was obscure, but on investigation there is no doubt as to the validity of his inclusion on the War Memorial.
On the 21st August 1918, Richard Ingham was with the 6th Batallion of the Manchester Regiment fighting on the Somme in one of the bloodiest battles of the 1st World War, a battle that would bring about the the end of the war. The British Army was on the offensive and Richard’s division attacked the village of Mireaumont near Beaucourt. The was Richard’s day of glory and the citation to his DCM says:
Hero of the drama, witnessed by passengers waiting on the platform, was 45-year-old Leading Porter James Noble, of 15 Mellor View, Lockside, Marple, in charge of the one-man station at High Lane, on the Manchester - Macclesfield line.
Marple Hall is probably Marple's greatest historical loss. If it had survived a few more years it may have become a tourist attraction like Bramhall Hall but sadly that was not to be and all we can do today is speculate what might have been. However, at least you can at least take a Guided Tour of the hall through these pages and learn something about the incredible history that helped shape the community we live in today and discover a few relics that people managed to save.
Samuel Oldknow came to this district in 1787 and remained for over 40 years, until his death at the age of 72. During this time he changed the face of Marple beyond all recognition, being the chief architect and driving force in the development and industrialisation of the area. Along with his mill at Mellor he was responsible for the building of roads, bridges, coal mines and housing for his workers. He was also instrumental in the construction of the Peak Forest Canal. A monument to him, placed in the Church he built to replace the old Chapel that had become too small for the expanding community, gives a clear indication of his standing and influence.