THORPE Edward Thomas

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Edward Thomas Thorpe, the son of Thomas and Violet Thorpe of Edith Weston, was the eldest of a family of nine, and born on 17 February 1889. He left school at the age of 12 and started work training to be a gamekeeper at the Earl of Ancaster's estate at Normanton Park. But at the age of 16 his father was seriously injured in an accident and Edward was called on to help in the family carting business and helping to bring up his younger brothers and sisters. Before the outbreak of the war he had been a member of the Oakham Territorials and on 12 September 1914, he joined the 1/5th Leicestershire Regiment with his brother John. He experienced many narrow escapes in the fighting in Belgium, where he was sent on 27 February 1915, but was ultimately killed by an explosive bullet which entered his chest, and he died in hospital near Ypres on 24 July 1915. His Commanding Officer wrote: "He was at the time he was hit, nobly defending his trench. He was much liked by everyone. I personally always looked upon him as one of my best soldiers. He was always cheerful and very popular amongst his comrades." Edward is buried at Hop Store Cemetery, near Ypres, grave I.C.27, and is remembered on Edith Weston's war memorial.

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  • Edith Weston church
  • Edith Weston Memorial
  • Edith Weston Memorial 2
  • Hop Store British Cemetery 1
  •  Hop Store British Cemetery3
  • E Thorpe 3
  • E Thorpe 2

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Hop Store Cemetery on Tuesday 12th August 2014
By Matt Steele on Wednesday 13th August '14 at 6:08pm
2 images We visited Edward's grave on August 12th 2014.
By Catherine Steele on Sunday 17th August '14 at 12:14pm
4 images Some pictures of the headstone, taken 13 December 2014
By John Stokes on Saturday 13th December '14 at 10:07pm
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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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