Harry THORPE MM

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THORPE, Harry

Service Number: 5459
Enlisted: 12 February 1916, Sale, Victoria
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 7th Infantry Battalion
Born: Orbost, Victoria, 7 October 1886
Home Town: Lakes Entrance, East Gippsland, Victoria
Schooling: Lake Entrance State School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of wounds, France, 9 August 1918, aged 31 years
Cemetery: Heath Cemetery
Plot 4, Row J, Grave 15
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Lakes Entrance WW1 Memorial, Lakes Entrance and District HR
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World War 1 Service

12 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sale, Victoria
4 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5459, 7th Infantry Battalion
4 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 5459, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Melbourne
9 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 5459, 7th Infantry Battalion

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Biography

"Lance Corporal Harry Thorpe (Service No. 5459) was from Lakes Entrance in Victoria when he enlisted on 12 February 1916. Thorpe was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 17th Reinforcements and embarked on the HMAT Euripedes. Thorpe saw active duty on the Western Front in France and Belgium where he was wounded at Pozieres and again at Bullecourt. He rejoined his regiment for the Third Battle of Ypres and it was here at the capture of Broodseinde Ridge that Thorpe distinguished himself.

'Near YPRES on 4/5th October, 1917, L/Cpl. THORPE displayed great courage and initiative in mopping up enemy dugouts and pill boxes. In the capture of Battalion objective, he was conspicuous for his courage and leadership, handling his men with skill and materially assisting his Company Commander. By his splendid example and disregard of all danger he inspired those under him.' Source: ‘Commonwealth Gazette’ No. 31.

Thorpe was originally recommended for the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM), although he received the Military Medal (MM) for ‘bravery in the field’. Thorpe and the 7th Battalion saw further action on the Western Front at Flanders and later Somme. During the battle of Lihons, on 9th August 1918, Thorpe was seriously wounded in the stomach and despite the efforts of the stretcher-bearers to reach him, the wounds proved fatal. Harry Thorpe is also buried in the large Heath Cemetery near Harbonnières..."SOURCE (blogs.slq.qld.gov.au)

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