image from Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury – 1918

Born: 1892, Ipswich.

Died: 5th October 1918; age 26; Died – Pneumonia at No. 5 General Hospital, Rouen.

Residence: 11, Hill Street, Ipswich.

Employed: Messrs. R. and W. Paul, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: G/25251

Regiment: Buffs (East Kent) Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:


St. Sever Cemetery Extension,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Charles & Amy Thorrington; husband of Olive B. Sole (formerly Thorrington), of 11, Hill Street, Ipswich.




1901   43, Waterworks Street, Ipswich.


Arthur was 8 years old and living with his parents & brothers.

Charles Thorrington, 37, a Wood Sawyer, born Ipswich.

Amy Thorrington (nee Canham), 35, born Ipswich.

Charles Thorrington, 11, born Ipswich.

George James Thorrington, 4, born Ipswich.

Daniel Thorrington, 3, born Ipswich.

James Thorrington, 7months, born Ipswich.


1911   4, New Street, Ipswich.


Arthur was 18 years old, a Mill Hand – Flour Mill. He was living with his parents & brothers.

Charles, 46, a Green Grocer – own account.

Amy, 42.

Charles, 21, a Mill Hand – Flour Mill.

George, 14, a General Labourer – Lawn Mower Works.

Daniel, 12.

James, 10.

Percy Edward Thorrington, 5, born Ipswich.

Albert Thorrington, 3, born Ipswich.

William Thorrington, 1, born Ipswich.

Robert Thorrington, 2, born Ipswich.

1 boarder – Eva Jessica Rivers, 19, the future wife of Charles.


In 1914, Ipswich, Arthur married Olive Blanche Coleman, a cardboard box maker, born February 1894, Ipswich – daughter of Albert Walter Coleman, a bricklayer, and Emily Martha Coleman (nee Whitmore), a laundress, of 10, Gibbons Street, Ipswich.

Olive and Arthur had one son:

Cyril Arthur William Thorrington, born September 1916, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Olive B. Thorrington – widow.


A family note: I knew from my granddad’s stories, Charles Thorrington (Arthurs’s brother) that Arthur sadly died after being gassed. I know my grandad was informed of this and rode on horseback during the night from where he was positioned in France to where Arthur was, but sadly never made it in time as Arthur had passed away.

Images of Charles – courtesy of Vinnie Thorrington




Buffs (East Kent) Regiment, 1st Battalion


  • I believe that Arthur James Thorrington is my great uncle as one of his brothers Robert Thorrington is my grandad.anyone with more information please get in contact. Thank you

    • Hi Rosemary, i sent you a reply to your previous correspondence to myself via email. I have as yet not heard any further from yourself, i was wondering if this may be because you never received my email or that you are no longer in need of any further information? if you still would like to know more then please get in touch and let me know.

      Kind Regards

      Vincent Thorrington


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