Wilfrid Thorpe


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Photo courtesy Hilda Turner

Wilfrid Thorpe and girl friend in WW1


Although most records name him as WILFRED he was in fact named WILFRID.

Wilfrid, born in 1897 was the son of Thomas and Mary Thorpe who farmed at Plaistow Hall, near Wheatcroft, Crich. Although named 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. At some time during the war Wilfrid was wounded.

Derbyshire Courier
1 December1917
Letters explaining the nature of Gunner Wilfred Thorpeā€™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.


1901: Pot House Lane

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Thomas Thorpe Head 44 Farmer and joiner Blidworth
Mary Thorpe wife 41   Crich
Harriett Thorpe daughter 22   Crich
James F Thorpe son 21   Crich
George H Thorpe son 11   Crich
Hilda Thorpe daughter 7   Crich
Mabel Thorpe daughter 6   Crich
Wilfred Thorpe son 4   Crich
George H Lee boarder 26 General labourer Crich

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1911: Rose Cottage, Whatstandwell

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Thomas Thorpe Head 54 Farmer Crich
Mary Thorpe wife 51 Dairy work Crich
Freeman Thorpe son 31 Farm labourer Crich
Jenny Thorpe daughter 23 Dairy work Crich
George Thorpe son 21 Farm labourer Crich
Mabel Thorpe daughter 16 Dairy work Crich
Wilfred Thorpe son 14 At home Crich
George H Lee boarder 35 Engine driver Lime Works Crich

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