Harry Frank Thorpe
Private 10021 - York and Lancaster Regiment
Killed in Action Loos 1st. October, 1915 : Aged 20
Vermelles British Cemetery, ref. I.H.17
Pte Harry Frank Thorpe proves to be eldest child with three brothers all born in Chesterfield to Derbyshire natives Harry senior and Mrs Hannah Thorpe. Father continued working as a compositor through move to Worksop circa 1900. Addressing the family at 56 Abbey Street is where they added two daughters in successive years. By 1911 census the family had all moved into 24 Clinton Street, and it was in Worksop where young Harry Frank gained employment as a pit pony driver prior his enlistment. Through four years soldier training before wartime, the family relocated to Huthwaite, allowing Pte Thorpe Nottinghamshire distinction with double roll of honour on both the Huthwaite Cenotaph and Worksop Memorials.
Obituary: Worksop Guardian 5th Nov 1915
An old “Worksop Guardian” newsboy and the son of a former respected employee of Messrs. Sissons and Son, the late Mr H Thorpe, has died of wounds in the person of Pte Harry Frank Thorpe, 10021, A Co, 1st Batt. York and Lancs Regt. Pte Thorpe was the eldest of the late Mr Thorpe’s family who for some years resided in Clinton Street, Worksop. After leaving school, Pte Thorpe worked on a farm at Scofton and later at Creswell Colliery. He enlisted four years ago so that he was a trained soldier when the war broke out. Meanwhile the family removed to Hucknall, Huthwaite, and it may be remembered that deceased's father was the victim of a fatal accident between Sutton and Mansfield some months ago, being run over by a brake containing footballers. In his last letter to his mother, Pte Thorpe stated that "he was coming home for a few days. " Within a week his poor mother received notice of his death. The deceased would have been 21 years of age next month.
He was a smart well conducted soldier and much liked by his comrades. Great sympathy is expressed with his widowed mother in her distress. A memorial service to Private Thorpe was held in the Parish Church, Sutton-in-Ashfield on Sunday evening by the Rev F N Beswick (vicar). In accordance with custom the flag was half-mast on the Church tower and the roll of fallen heroes was surrounded by a laurel wreath. The hymns were "Thou to whom the sick and dying" "Eternal Father strong to save" "Saviour again to Thy dear name" and "For all the saints." The vicar delivered an appropriate discourse and the service ended with the stirring music of the "Dead March."
Notts Free Press – 5yh October, 1917 - IN MEMORIUM -
In ever loving memory of Harry Frank Thorpe, the dear son of late Harry Frank and Hannah Thorpe, who fell in the battle of Loos, October 1st 1915,
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