Other names: Cecil Bernard Longman
Locations in this story: Broad Chalke, WiltshireEast Knoyle, WiltshireEnmore Green, Shaftesbury, DorsetAuckland, New Zealand
Story: Cecil Bernard Longman Thorne was born in Broad Chalke, Wiltshire, on 16 Aug 1900 and baptised there on 30 Sep 1900 the son of Charles Stephen Thorne and Agnes Charlotte Thorne (nee Stevens). He spent his early life in Broad Chalk and East Knoyle, Wiltshire, until by 1911 the family had moved to Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He had enlisted with the Royal Marines Artillery as a Private (Service No. 216705). It is unlikely that he would have qualified for any medals and nothing more is known about his service. He had emigrated to New Zealand and by 1935 was living at 49 Cook Street, Auckland, New Zealand, working as a Labourer. He died at the Sunset Home, Blockhouse Bay, Auckland, on 7 May 1978 and was buried at the Walkumete Cemetery, Auckland, om 9 May 1978. Of his brothers, Walter Charles Thorne, was killed in action whilst Wilfred Henry Thorne served and survived the conflict.