The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Thorpe
First Name:
James
Nick Name:
Jim
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8460
Company:
‘D’ Company, No. 15 Platoon.
Enlisted:
18.10.1940
DOB:
11.11.1916
Place of Birth:
Shotley Bridge, Durham, England
Father's Name:
John Thorpe
Mothers's Name:
Margaret Thorpe
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Milk Carrier
Memorial:
Kranji War Cemetery, Plot 30, Row A, Grave 16, Age 25.
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Place of Death:
Buona Vista
Date of Death:
15.02.1942
Buried:
Chinese Cemetery in a common grave.

General Description

James Thorpe aged 12 years sailed from London on ‘Borda’, he was accompanied by Mr Patrick McAneny, shoemaker and Mrs Kate McAneny of 15 Elm Park Terrace, Shotley Bridge.

It is thought James’ mother Margaret had died in England, and Jim came to Australia to be with siblings.  He was one of a large family.  Jim’s brother Andrew Thorpe died with the RAF over Germany in 1944 and he had another two brothers fighting with the British Forces.  Jim also had two sisters June and Ellen living in WA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soldier was killed  between 1600 and 1700 hours on 15 February 1942.  He was sheltering behind a house when it received a direct hit. Robert Whitford WX7232 was hit in the chest and died by the same shell which killed Jim Thorpe aged 25 years.  The Chinese Cemetery was located at the head of Holland Village and Buona Vista Roads

 

 

Height 5′ 5 1/2″

Jim Thorpe enlisted in October 1940 and later joined ‘D’ Company No. 15 Platoon.

 

 

Thorpe James

 

Thorpe, James

Jim Thorpe’s name is inscribed on the Gonsells War Memorial, to be ever remembered.

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