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John THORPE

Regimental number4227
Place of birthPort Lincoln South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressPort Lincoln, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Next of kinMother, Mrs Julia Thorpe, Port Lincoln, South Australia
Enlistment date29 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board RMS Mongolia on 9 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 2 September 1918
Age at death from cemetery records38
Place of burialPeronne Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot III, Row C, Grave No. 17), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
111
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John Howard and Julia THORPE, Port Lincoln, South Australia
Medals

Military Medal

'This man was foremost of a party that rushed an enemy machine gun post during the attack South of WARFUSEE ABANCOURT, near AMIENS, on the morning of 8th August 1918, killing the members of the gun crew, and capturing the gun, also 30 of the enemy. His gallant conduct set a fine example to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 2206 Pte Octavius Edward THORPE, 18th Bn, returned to Australia, 1 July 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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