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Photo courtesy Hilda Turner
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.
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.
1901: Pot House Lane
|Thomas||Thorpe||Head||44||Farmer and joiner||Blidworth|
|George H||Lee||boarder||26||General labourer||Crich|
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1911: Rose Cottage, Whatstandwell
|George H||Lee||boarder||35||Engine driver Lime Works||Crich|
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