Photographs courtesy of Susan and Charles’s Niece, Shirley.


Born: 1889, Swilland, Suffolk.Charles Robert Thorpe

Died: 28th April 1917; age 28; KiA.

Employed as a Grocer for Mr. Joseph Cooper Squirrell, a Grocer, of 17, Upper Brook Street, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 30844

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War. 


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Bay 4.

Arras Memorial,

Pas de Calais,





1891   13, Kemp Street, Ipswich.


Charles and his brother on the cart (quite possibly John who was known as Jack in the family)

Charles was a year old and living with his parents & maternal aunt.

Walter Thorpe, 25, a Carter – Foundry, born Swilland, Suffolk.

Eliza Emma Thorpe (nee Vince), 28, born Burstall, Suffolk.                                                 

Emma Vince, 13, born Burstall.

1 visitor.


1901   13, Kemp Street, Ipswich.


Charles was 11 years old and living with his parents & brothers.charles-thorpe-2

Walter, 36, a Coal Carter.

Eliza, 38.

John Thorpe, 8, born 13, Kemp Street, Ipswich.

Frederick Walter Thorpe, 3, born 13, Kemp Street, Ipswich.


1911   13, Kemp Street, Ipswich.


Charles was 21 years old, a Grocer’s Assistant. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Walter, 46, a Coal Carter.

Eliza, 48.

John, 18, a Groom.

Frederick, 13, an Errand Boy – Coachbuilders.

Kate Thorpe, 8, born 13, Kemp Street, Ipswich.


The original photographs belong to Charles’s niece, Shirley who was kind enough to share these images for this Memorial project.


On the 1st August 1915, Suffolk, Charles married, Jessie Ellen Steward, born November 1890, Flowton, Suffolk.


Soldiers’ Effects to Jessie E. Thorpe – widow.


On the 13th April 1920, 30 year old, Jessie Thorpe, a widow, who could read and write, arrived at the Port of New York. She had departed  from the Port of Southampton on the 13th March 1920, and sailed aboard the S.S.‘New York’ of the American Line. She intended New York to be her future permanent residence. Jessie’s father, Mr. Alfred Steward, of Flowton, Suffolk was her Next of Kin.

On the 20th March 1921, 32 year old, Jessie Thorpe, arrived at the Port of Southampton. She had sailed 2nd Class aboard the S.S.’Imperator’ of the Cunard Steamship Company Ltd. From New York. She intended Emgland to be her future permanent residence.


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Picture from Chronical newspaper 1918 of Charles, John & Frederick Thorpe who both survived the war.


The above are the photographs of the three sons of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Thorpe, of 153, Princess Street, Ipswich. The first is Pte. Charles Robert Thorpe, of the Suffolk Regiment, who was killed on April 28th, 1917, in fighting near Arras. He was formerly with Mr. J.C. Squirrell, grocer, Brook Street. No. 2 is A.B. Jack Thorpe, of the R.N.D., formerly in the Suffolk Regiment. He has served 12 months in France, and has been gassed twice and wounded once. Before the war he was with the Ipswich Co-operative Society. The third is Sapper Frederick Walter Thorpe, Royal Engineers, who is still in France, where he has served 18 months.


Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion

The Battle of Arleux.

The 11th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment as part of the 101st Brigade, formed an attack of Roeux chemical works of the Northern edge of the town, just south of the railway line. At 4:27 on the 28th of April 1917 the attack by the 11th began, troops pushed forward but came under heavy machinegun fire which drove the men back. A small group pushed on into the quarry on the eastern edge of the chemical works, being unsupported. At night fall they returned with 3 prisoners. The opening barrage had failed to destroy the machinegun posts and the enemy trenches, casing the attack to fail. The emery counter attacked from Roeux. taking Mount Pleasant wood, being part of the Ceylon trench at 9:45 a.m. The Battalion took over 300 casualties. The same fait was to happen to the 7th Battalion of the Suffolk regiment taking 190 casualties. 13 Ipswich men were killed on this day.


Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements

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