Sergeant Arthur Reginald Thorpe, of 3rd Battalion Leicestershire Regiment, was born in Uppingham, the the son of Herbert and Harriet Thorpe of Beast Hill. He was a member of the church choir and played the cello. Arthur was a schoolmaster, first as a pupil teacher at Uppingham School, afterwards assistant master at Luton, and then at Westerham, Kent. Some years later he returned to Uppingham as assistant master. He joined the army on 1 March 1916 and went out to France in July the next year. After serving abroad for six months, he was injured and sent home. He died from 'flu on 4 November 1918, at the Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital, Cottingham Road, Hull. He was buried in the New Northern Cemetery, Hull, grave 65.4, and is remembered on Uppingham's war memorial.
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