Henry Albert Thorp
From Our Contribution
|Date of Birth||c1891|
|Place of Birth||Fremantle, Western Australia|
|Death||26 Feb 1956, aged 65|
|Place of Death||Mt Pleasant, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||25 years, 3 months|
5'4" (1.63m) tall ; 110lbs|
49.895 kg; dark complexion ; brown eyes ; brown hair
|Address||Albany road, Maddington, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs Grace Emily Thorp|
|Date of Enlistment||17 Apr 1916|
|Unit/Formation||28th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement|
|Date of Embarkation||10 Oct 1916 ‒ 12 Dec 1916|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A23 Suffolk Fremantle to Plymouth|
|Date of Return||17 Jun 1918 ‒ 8 Aug 1918|
|Ship Returned On||HMT Matatua|
WIA 1 Nov 1917 Broodseinde |
Returned to Australia (medical)
|Monument||Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll name misspelt|
British War Medal |
In 1911 Henry married Grace Emily Douglas in Claremont. Grace died on 22 Jul 1972, aged 85 in Mt Pleasant.
Electoral Roll entry: 1914 Maddington, carpenter.
Entered camp on 17 Apr 1916 and several weeks later on 9 May 1916 he was assigned to the 16th reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion and travelled with them to England aboard HMAT A23 Suffolk. On arrival in England he was briefly sent to a training battalion before he proceeded overseas to France on 28 Dec 1916 from Folkestone aboard HMT Princesse Clementine.
Taken on strength by the 28th Battalion on 27 Jan 1917 while they were in billets at Buire preparing to return to the front lines. On 7 Jun 1917 he report sick to the 5th Field Ambulance, which passed him on next day to the 5th Casualty Clearing Station. On 12 Jun 1917 he was placed on an Ambulance Train for Rouen where he was admitted to the 9th General Hospital on 13 Jun 1917 suffering with trench fever. On 24 Jun 1917 Henry was released to the No 2 Convalescent Depot, and on 26 Jun 1917 he was moved to the No 11 Convalescent Depot. Henry eventually returned to his unit on 23 Oct 1917.
On 1 Nov 1917 Henry was caught in a major enemy gas attack at Broodseinde and was affected by it, requiring medical attention. Primarily the gasses used were Phosgene and Lachrymatory. Treated by the 3rd Field Ambulance, who passed him back to the 17th Casualty Clearing Station, and the next day (2 Nov 1917) he was admitted to the 6th General Hospital in Rouen. On 15 Nov 1917 he boarded HMHS Grantully Castle for England, where he was admitted to the Exeter War Hospital on 16 Nov 1917.
Following treatment he was granted furlough from 22 Jan 1918 until 5 Feb 1918 when he was to report to No.4 Command Depot in Hurdcott. On 6 Feb 1918 Henry was charged with having been AWOL from 11:00am on 5 Feb 1918 until 7:30 am on 6 Feb 1918. He was admonished and forfeited 2 day's pay. On 3 Apr 1918 he was sent to the No.2 Command Depot at Weymouth to prepare for return to Australia. Suffering with chronic bronchitis he was sent home for a change on 17 Jun 1918. Discharged by the 5th Military District on 4 Sep 1918.
Electoral Roll entries: 1922 - 1925 Pallinup, Gnowangerup, farming; 1931 - 1943 at 33 Dalgety street, Fremantle, carpenter; 1949 Dempster street, Esperance, builder; 1954 at 352 Sydenham street, Belmont, builder