FREDERICK WILLIAM PITT-THORPE

Frederick is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.

Registered at birth FREDERICK WILLIAM THORPE PITT.

 

Born: 9th November 1909, Gosbeck, Suffolk.

Died: 2nd December 1944; age: 35.

Residence: 2, St. Helen’s Church Lane, Ipswich.

 

Rank: Corporal; Service Number: T/50213.

Regiment: Royal Army Service Corps.

 

Grave Reference:

I.F.11.

Rome War Cemetery,

Italy.

 

CENSUS

 

1911   304, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.

 

Frederick was 18 months old and a Boarder at the home of the Waspe family.

Robert Waspe, 26, a Platelayer – Great Eastern Railway, born Witnesham, Suffolk.  

Rose Wiggins, 22, born Ipswich.

 

Father: William George Thorpe, born 1886, All Saint’s, Ipswich – died during the First World War, 13th October 1918, from wounds received at St. Aubert, France.

Mother: Charlotte Eliza Pitt, born July 1887, Great Finborough, Suffolk.

 

In 1931, Ipswich, Frederick married Gladys Evelyn West Pulman, born January 1911, Leyton, Essex – daughter of Frederick & Louisa Rachel Pulman (nee Cudmore).

They had 4 children:

William John Thorpe, born November 1932, Bramford, Suffolk.

Peter Michael Thorpe, born October 1934, Bramford.

Anthony Robert Thorpe, born 1939, Ipswich.

Heather Ann Thorpe, born February 1943, Ipswich.

 

ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939

 

Frederick’s family were living at their family home – 2, St. Helen’s Church Lane, Ipswich.

Gladys, unpaid Domestic Duties.

William, at School.

Peter.

 

In 1945, Ipswich, Gladys Thorpe married John Perry Heckard, born December 1920, Liverpool, Snyder County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

 

On the 5th June 1946, 35 year old Gladys, and her children disembarked at the Port of New York, U.S.A.

William, 13, a school boy – could read and write.

Peter, 11, a school boy – could read and write.

Anthony, 6, a school boy – could read and write.

Heather, 3.

The Heckard/Thorpe family had had their paperwork issued on the 2nd April 1946, before they sailed from the Port of Southampton, 27th May 1946, aboard the U.S.A.T. ‘Willard A. Holbrook, to join John Heckard, a Corporal, of the U.S.A Army Air Corps and soon to be a honorably discharged veteran.

 

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