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).


Grave Reference:

V.B.I.22. (collective grave)

Ranville War Cemetery,




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.

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