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Ashton, Northamptonshire
Albert Thorpe (junior) was born in 1896 at Ashton, Northamptonshire and was the son Albert Thorpe (senior) a coal miner and Sarah Ann Thorpe née Costall of Church Street, Bramcote. His father Albert (senior) was born in 1873 at Nottingham and his mother Sarah Ann Costall was born in 1873 at Gelston, Lincolnshire, they were married in 1894, their marriage was recorded in the Bingham registration area, they had 7 children, sadly 5 were to die in infancy or early childhood, their survivng children were Albert b1896 and Mary Ellen b1910. In the 1911 census the family are living at Church Street, Bramcote and are shown as Albert 38 yrs a coal miner, he is living with his wife Sarah Ann 38 yrs and their children Albert 14 yrs a scholar and Mary Ellen 8 months old.
He was a collier.
19 Mar 1915
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1st (Reserve) Bde Royal Field Artillery
Gunner Albert Thorpe enlisted on 11th January 1915 at Ilkeston, he was 18 yrs and 11 months old, he was a collier and was living at Church Street, Bramcote, Nottingham, his father Albert of the same address was his next of kin. He was posted to the reserve brigade of the Royal Field Artillery and wen to their depot at Newcastle Upon Tyne for training. he was admitted to the Newcastle City Hospital for Infectious Diseases where he died on 19th March 1915 of cerebral/spinal meningitis and was buried at Newcastle Upon Tyne, St Andrews and Jesmond Cemetery.
Article published on 26th March 1915 in the Ilkeston Pioneer :- Nottingham soldiers death at Newcastle, On Monday 22nd March the funeral of the late Gunner Albert Thorpe, RFA, took place from the hospital at Walker Gate, Newcatle-on-Tyne. The deceased was buried with full military honours, the procession being followed by a large number of men from his regiment. The Dead March in Saul was played by the band on the way to St Andres Cemetery, and after the funeral rites had been performed three volleys were fired over the grave, after which the buglers sounded The Last Post. Gunner Thorpe a native of Bramcote, Nottingham was a young man of great promise and greatly respected by his comrades in the RFA at Newcastle.
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