honor role

Thorp, Arnold

** 538 or 528 Pte 28th Bn.

Born 22 October 1891 at Fremantle WA, Wesleyan. Enlisted 2 March 1915 age 23, bricklayer.  Nok father, Albert Thorp of PO Maddington, WA.  Embarked at Fremantle 29 June 1915 per A11 Ascanius.  Served in Gallipoli 1915, France 1916 and suffered a wound to the thigh sustaining a compound fracture of the femur prior to his capture by the Germans.  He was missing in France on 29 July 1916 and later confirmed as captured at Pozieres 29 July 1916 and a prisoner-of-war in Germany.  Because of his injury, he was transferred to Switzerland on 13 December 1916 and repatriated to England 14 September 1917. The POW registration form gives his pre-war address as Suffolk St, Fremantle and page 37 of his file is a letter from the POW camp.  A Daily News article of 7 October 1916 is a write up of ‘brothers reported missing’ and refers to the sons of Mrs Thorp of Maddington with a grainy photograph of Arnold’s brother Hubert H. Thorp. RTA April 1918 per Dunluce Castle.  Service medals: 1914-1915 Star, BWM and VM.  In 1968 his widow, Mrs G. Thorp of 17 Solomon St, Palmyra, applied for Arnold’s Gallipoli medal. Thorp is an uncommon name and Arnold Thorp is the only A. Thorp in the Australian National Archives military listing. Cottesloe School Honour Rolls.