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Photos courtesy Hilda Turner
Wilfrid, born in 1897 was the son of Thomas and Mary Thorpe who farmed at Plaistow Hall, near Wheatcroft, Crich. Although called Wilfrid most official documents record him incorrectly as Wilfred. His father built the Wheatcroft Institute, a wooden structure used for meetings and entertainments in Wheatcroft hamlet. During 1917 Wilfrid was wounded and transferred to the UK to be treated at Leicester Military Hospital. After the war he lived in Bradford with his wife and family where he worked as an auxiliary fireman. He died on 7 November 1970.
Letters explaining the nature of Gunner Wilfred Thorpe’s wounds have been received by his parents, Mr and Mrs Thomas Thorpe, Plaistow Hall, Crich. Gunner Thorpe, along with several chums, was in a dug-out, and Fritz was strafing with his long range shells, one of which dropped just over them. Gunner Thorpe and several chums were wounded. He was hit in the leg and arm. He was moved to the base hospital, and later to England. He is now at a military hospital at Leicester. Enlisting fourteen months ago, Gunner Thorpe went to France with the Royal Garrison Artillery in May. He is the youngest son of Mr and Mrs T. Thorpe.
Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.
1939 Register: 7 Brooksbank Avenue, Bradford
Nellie A Thorpe b.5 August 1898
Wilfrid Thorpe b.27 March 1897; auxiliary fireman
two closed records
Wilfrid married Nellie A Nicholson in 1919 December qtr (Bradford reg distict); they had a son and two daughters
1901: Pot House Lane
|Thomas||Thorpe||Head||44||Farmer and joiner||Blidworth|
|George H||Lee||boarder||26||General labourer||Crich|
RG13 piece 3231 folio 34 page 13
1911: Rose Cottage, Whatstandwell
|George H||Lee||boarder||35||Engine driver Lime Works||Crich|
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