Born: 3rd January 1922, Felixstowe, Suffolk.
Died: 15th January 1943; age 21; KiA in North Africa.
Residence: 33, Queen’s Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk.
Rank: Gunner; Service Number: 906927.
Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery, 5th Battalion.
Body exhumed, identified and reburied 7th June 1944.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Charles Edward & Grace Florence Thorpe, of Felixstowe.
Father: Charles Edward Thorpe, born 1878, Islington, London. A Fish Merchant and an Army pensioner – R.H.A.
Mother: Grace Florence Thorpe (nee Tebbitt), born 1887, Herne Hill, London.
Douglas was educated at Ipswich School and then articled to a Chartered Accountant. He joined the army in 1939, and later attended the R.A. Cadets’ course at Aberdeen University.
Douglas is also remembered on the Ipswich School Chapel war memorial, and on the Roll of Honour at The University of Aberdeen and their Roll of Remembrance – published 1952. And in the Roll of Honour for Chartered Accountants of England & Wales and of the Articled Clerks.
On the 11th July 1945, a stained glass window was unveiled at St. John the Baptist Church, Felixstowe, Suffolk. The window, made by James Powell Whitefriars Glass Ltd., depicts the disciple St. Peter with an inscrition to the memory of Douglas at the bottom.
Royal Horse Artillery, 5th Battalion fought in the Fall of France, as part of 3 Corps, losing E and F troops in the process. When it was reorganised CC Battery was created out of G and K Batteries. The Regiment then served in the UK until it sailed to the Middle East as part of 8th Support Group of 8th Armoured Division. Upon arrival the Regiment supported units of 1st Army Tank Brigade until the end of August 1942. It the served with 8th Armoured Brigade from El Alamein to Libya and Tunisia, when the Brigade took over from 22nd Armoured Brigade in 7th Armoured Division, while it re-equipped, in November 1942. The Regiment then remained with 7th Armoured Division after the return of 22nd Armoured Brigade in February 1943 and served with until the end of the war.