Arthur Henry THORPE

THORPE, Arthur Henry

Service Number: 365
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Tasmania, 1870
Home Town: Scottsdale, Dorset, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Bridport, Tas., 28 July 1947, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Ellesmere Cemetery
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Corporal, SN 365

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

The death of an old soldier in the person of Mr Arthur Henry Thorpe occurred at Bridport yesterday morning at the age of 77 years. Deceased had the distinction of serving right through the Boer War and also the first World War, but for the last 20 years has been more or less an invalid due to war services. Mr Thorpe was born in Tasmania and was the son of Mr. Henry Thorpe, who formerly resided at Springfield. During the last 11 years he has lived at Bridport, where Mrs Thorpe conducts a storekeeping business. There are two daughters: Margaret (Mrs J. MacLennan, Adelaide); and Ivy (Mrs Dunlop, Ballarat).
Mr Thorpe was keenly interested in military affairs. For nine years he was a member of the Meander Rifle Company at Deloraine, and held a drill sergeant's certificate. He was in Victoria when the Boer War broke out, and enlisted as a sergeant in the 4th Victorian Imperial Bushmen. He was transferred to a pom-pom battery of the Rhodesia Field Artillery, and served in Lord Carrington's Column, the Kimberley Column, and under Colonel Henry. He was later attached to the Bushveldt Carbineers and the Petersburg Light Horse. He stayed in South Africa, and in the 1914 war again took up arms, and after serving in various theatres of war went to German West Africa as a Lieutenant.
The late Mr Thorpe returned to Australia, and was married at Scottsdale to Margaret Durkin. He took a prominent part in the agitation for soldier settlement, and for a time was secretary of the R.S League. The funeral will take place in the Ellesmere cemetery tomorrow. A soldier's service will be conducted at the graveside.