William is remembered on the war memorial at the Town Hall, Ipswich.
Image from 7th March 1945, Evening Star newspaper.
Born: 1922, Ipswich.
Died: 6th June 1944; age: 22; KiA – D-Day.
Residence: 35, Tomline Road, Ipswich.
Employed: at Ipswich Corporation – Electric Supply Department.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 7344953.
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps, 8th Parachute Battalion (6th Airborne Division).
V.B.I.22. (collective grave)
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William & Mabel Thorpe; husband of Doreen Thorpe, of Wilmorton, Derby.
Father: William George E. Thorpe, born June 1899, New Chesterton, Cambridgeshire.
Mother: Mabel May Thorpe (nee Osborne), born August 1895, Otley, Suffolk.
In 1944, Derby, Derbyshire, William married Doreen Hobson, born 1924, Derby, Derbyshire.