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Jophn Thomas Thorpe was born in 1899 at Newark and was the son of John a railway signalman and Emma Thorpe, née Wilson of 13, Cromwell Rd., Newark, His father John was born in 1867 at Ruskington, Lincolnshire and his mother Emma Wilson was born in 1864 at Birthorpe, Lincolnshire they were married on 15th May 1894 at Billingborough, Lincolnshire they went on to have the following children, Joseph William b1895 Clayton, Yorkshire, John Thomas b1899 Newark, Annie Elizabeth b1901 Newark, Elsie Mary b1904 Newark and Doris May b1906 at Newark. In the 1911 census the family are living at 13 Cromwell Road, Newark and are shown as John 43 yrs a railway signalman he is living with his wife Emma 47 yrs and their children, Joseph William 15 yrs a butchers assistant, John Thomas 12 yrs a scholar, Annie Elizabeth 10 yrs a scholar, Elsie Mary 7 yrs a scholar and Doris May 5 yrs of age.
He was an apprentice fitter
18 Aug 1918
521427 - CWGC Website
10th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Corporal John Thomas Thorpe enlisted on 17th August 1914 at Newark, he was 17 years and 38 days of age, he was an apprentice fitter and lived at 13 Cromwell Road, Newark , his next of kin was his father John of the same address.He served with the 10th battalion Sherwood Foresters Regiment. He was promoted to Lance Corporal on 20th June 1917 and died of wounds on 18th August 1918. He is buried at St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen
Article published in the Newark Advertiser on 28th August 1918 :- Son of the late Mr John and Mrs Emma Thorpe, 13 Cromwell Road, Newark. As a boy attended the Mount School and was a choir boy at the parish church for some time. On leaving school he commenced work at Messrs. Simpsons, Balderton, being apprenticed as a fitter. On August 11th, 1914, a few days after war broke out, he joined the 4th Notts. & Derbys and went to France two years ago. Always of bright and cheery disposition, his letters were ever on the bright side. In his last communication his mother received from him he stated: Sorry I haven’t written sooner, but, mother it is a case of can’t write, because of the great advance and the fact we are following the Germans up. The next news was a letter from the sister-in-charge stating he was dangerously ill suffering from gas shell wounds, in the 5th General Hospital, Rouen. He passed away on August 18th, during the night. His brother, Gunner Joseph Thorpe, Royal Field Artillery, has been serving in France for the past four years.
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