Ernest Thorpe (1895-1915)

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Ernest Thorpe

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

THORPE, ERNEST. Private. No 3576. 'D' Company, 1/5th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Filbert Street, Birkby, Huddersfield, 31.12.1895. Son of Joe and Florence Thorpe, 212 Olive Terrace, Bradford Road, Huddersfield, and later of Ettrick Cottages, Selkirk, Scotland. Employed as an iron turner by Messrs Hopkinsons, of Birkby. Prior to enlistment had lived for a time at Ptone, Wellington, New Zealand, and had undergone four years military training there. Enlisted in November, 1914, on returning to England. Died of wounds, 30.11.1915, aged 19 years. Buried TALANA FARM CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 4, Row F, Grave 1.
His parents received a letter from Sergeant Howard, who wrote, 'It is with deep regret and heartfelt sympathy that I am writing to inform you of the death of your brave son Private E. Thorpe who was in my platoon. He died this morning of wounds which he received at about 11.30pm last night. We had just been relieved from our advanced trench and your son was one of a party of five who were carrying water to the platoon which had relieved us when he was hit by a stray bullet in the stomach. He seemed to bear up for an hour or two but must have had a relapse after getting to the field hospital. I am writing this letter on behalf of myself and all his comrades in the platoon.'
ROH:- Christ Church, Woodhouse Hill; Huddersfield Drill Hall; Fartown and Birkby War Memorial.

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