THORP, John Phillip

No.5835298, Private, John Phillip THORP
Aged 32

2nd Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment
Died of Illness in Captivity on Monday, 31st May 1943

John Phillip Thorp was born on 20th March 1911 in Bath,(Bath Q2-1911 5C:445), son of Ernest and Kate THORP (née GIBBS). Not found a death of a Kate or Kathleen Thorp or marriage of Ernest Thorp to Julia ? but CWGC have his mother as Julia

In the 1939 register he was one of three single brothers living at 17 Cavenham. John P [20-3-1911] house painter/stretcher bearer ARP; Harold [23-10-1904] estate electrician/ special constable and Edward V [22-3-1903] labourer /stretcher bearer ARP.

He married Ella Maud GRAY (Bury St.Edmunds Q2-1940 4A:4008), living at Newmarket Road, Risby.

He was captured when Singapore was surrendered to the Japanese on 15th February 1942. He died working on the Thailand-Burma railway.
His PoW card gives his occupation as painter/decorator, mother Kathleen (Kate GIBBS married Ernest THORPE in Eccleshall in 1902} .

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photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

John Thorp is buried in Chunkai War Cemetery, Thailand grave 7:G:2

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