Robbie Leggett and Alf Cockerill were boyhood friends who knew these moors well. Later they both became shepherds for the Gisborough Estate. When the First Work War broke out they were amongst the first to join up, taking off to London to join the Grenadier Guards. Neither were to return to the moors. Robbie had lied about his age, he was just 17 and was killed in action at the Battle of the Somme in 1916. His body was never found. In the same year Alf suffered a serious head wound at Ypres developing epilepsy. He was repatriated and hospitalised back but never recovered, dying of epilepsy and meningitis in 1920.