St. Mary’s Church, Woodland
Memorial Plaque: John Hepple
A bronze plaque on an oak mount with the following inscription:
“To the glory of God and in affectionate remembrance of John Hepple deeply beloved husband of Isabella Hepple who was killed in the Great War 5th October 1918 a communicant of this church and a sidesman of the parish.”
John was born 1881 at Tow Law the son of Joseph and Margaret Hepple. In 1891 the family lived at 80 Old Row, Oakenshaw near Willington, Co. Durham where Joseph worked as a coal miner. The 1901 census details for the family have not been traced.
In 1904 John Hepple married Isabella Walker at Bishop Auckland. By 1911, the family lived at Woodland where John was recorded as “a green grocer own account” and Isabella “assisted in the business.” They had 4 children, all born at Woodland:
Millicent and Gladys did not marry and ran the village shop. Eva married John S. Lee in 1938 (Q2).
 England & Wales 1837-1915 Birth Index Vol.10a p.372 Durham 1881 Q4
 1891 census Note: Hepple was spelt Heppell
 England & Wales 1837-1915 Marriage Index Vol.10a p.384 Auckland 1904 Q2
 1911 census
 There are 3 named John Hepple born Auckland. England & Wales 1837-1915 Birth Index 1913Q3 Auckland: John E. Hepple, John W. born 1914Q1 & John W. born 1915Q1
 England & Wales Marriage Index 1916-2005 Auckland Vol.10a p.507