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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