Born: 1886, All Saints, Ipswich.

Died: 13th October 1918; age 31; Died of Wounds.

Residence: 34, Newton Street, Ipswich.

Occupation: a Painter – Burton & Saunders Ltd. 

Enlistment Details; Location: Ipswich; date 7th July 1910; age 24 years & 2 months; address: 35, Waterloo Road, Ipswich.. Height: 5ft 7 ins.


Service: Qualified Range Finder – 5th August 1914.

Promoted to Bombardier – 6th November 1915 – to Corporal – 26th February 1916 – to Sergeant – 14th July 1916.


Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 119383

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery ‘L’ Anti-Aircraft Battery.

Formerly 1018, Essex & Suffolk R.G.A. (TF).


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:


St. Aubert British Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Charlotte E. Thorpe, of 34, Newton Street, Ipswich.




1891   3, Gaye Street, Ipswich.

William was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William Thorpe, 40, a Tabacco Stripper, born St. Giles, Middlesex.

Elizabeth Julia Thorpe (nee Borrett), 35, a Dress Stay Fanner, born Harwich, Essex.

Alice Elizabeth Thorpe, 13, her Mother’s Help, born Ipswich.

Eveline Mary Thorpe, 11, born Ipswich.

Christopher William Thorpe, 9, born St. Matthew’s, Ipswich – died 1911, Ipswich.

Bertie Charles Thorpe, 2, born Ipswich.

Mabel Kate Thorpe, 6 months, born Ipswich.


1901   12, Waterloo Road, Ipswich.

William was 14 years old, an Errand Boy. He was living with his widowed mother & siblings.

Elizabeth, 43, a Charwomen.

Bertie, 12.

Mabel, 10.


1911   35, Waterloo Road, Ipswich.

William was 24 years old, a Baker. He was living with his grandparents & brother.

Thomas Brooks, 74, formerly Sailor, born Brightlingsea, Essex.

Mary Ann Sarah Brooks, 76, born Brightlingsea.

Bertie, 22, a General Labourer.


William’s father William Thorpe died 1897, Ipswich. His mother, Elizabeth Julia Thorpe died 1906, Ipswich.


In 1911, Ipswich, William married Charlotte Eliza Pitt, born July 1887, Great Finborough, Suffolk  – daughter of Thomas Pit, a leather tanner, and Charlotte Pit (nee Scoulding), of Bildeston Road, Combs, Suffolk.

Charlotte and William had three sons:

Frederick William Thorpe Pitt, born November 1909, Gosbeck, Suffolk – ranked a Corporal for the Royal Army Service Corps- died in Italy during the Second World War, 2nd December 1944.

Robert George Brooks, born January 1913, Ipswich.

Bertram Charles Thorpe, born October 1914, Ipswich.


At 34, Newton Street, on the 5th March 1919, Charlotte received William’s personal effects:

Letters, purse, 22-carat ring, wallet, photos, leather cigarette case, prayer book, dictionary, pocketbook, fountain pen, tweezers and a musical instrument.


Charlotte received William’s Victory & British War medals on the 12th November 1919.


Soldiers’ Effects to Charlotte E. Thorpe – widow.


William is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Michael’s Church, Ipswich


 Royal Garrison Artillery

‘L’ Anti-Aircraft Battery




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