Wilfrid Thorpe (1897–1970)


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Photos courtesy Hilda Turner

Wilfrid Thorpe in Ww1

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.

Derbyshire Courier
1 December1917
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.

WilfridThorpe and fiancee Nellie

Wilfrid and Nellie Nicholson

Wilfrid Thorpe's wedding

Wilfred and Nellie's wedding, Bradford 1919

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

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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