THORPE George William

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George William Thorpe, born in Wansford, Northamptonshire, worked as a bootmaker and had succeeded Sergeant Alfred Bunn in the armoury at Uppingham School. He enlisted in July 1916 in Glen Parva, Leicestershire and joined the Royal Garrison Artillery, going to France in January 1917 with 237th Siege Battery. The battery, with its six inch howitzers, took part in the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). George was fatally injured in a German bombing raid over Poperinghe and died on 21 October 1917. He is buried in Gwalia Cemetery, near Poperinghe, grave II.D.26, and is remembered on Uppingham's war memorial. George was 35 years old and left five children, the eldest just twelve.

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Gwalia Cemetery on Tuesday 12th August 2014
By Matt Steele on Wednesday 13th August '14 at 6:04pm
2 images We visited George's grave on August 12th 2014.
By Catherine Steele on Sunday 17th August '14 at 8:39am
4 images Some pictures of Mr Thorpeā€™s headstone, taken 19 April 2015.
By John Stokes on Tuesday 21st April '15 at 6:21pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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