Other names: Wilfred Henry
Locations in this story: Broad Chalk, WiltshireSheep Lane, East Knoyle, WiltshireEnmore Green, Shaftesbury, DorsetLayton Lane, Shaftesbury, DorsetIndiaAfghanistanSalisbury, Wiltshire
Story: Wilfred Henry Thorne was born in Broad Chalk, Wiltshire, on 1st February 1898, the son of Charles Stephen Thorne and Agnes Charlotte Thorne (née Stephens). By 1901 he was living in Sheep Lane, East Knoyle, Wiltshire, and by 1911, in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He enlisted with the Hampshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 40065). He served on the North West Frontier in India and was eventually discharged on 8th December 1919. He was awarded the British War Medal and the India General Service (Afghanistan) Medal. He also received a limited pension due to contracting malaria whilst serving which ended on 22 Jun 1921. His address on the Absent Voters List for 1918 was 5 Layton Villas, Layton Lane, Shaftesbury. No 1921 Census record could be found. He married Ellen Hibberd in Salisbury, Wiltshire, during 1931. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 15 Trinity Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, and was working as a Gardener. His death was recorded in Salisbury, Wiltshire, in 1984. Of Wilfred's brothers, Walter Charles (b.1895) also served in the war but sadly died at Gallipoli in 1915 while serving with the Royal Irish Regiment and Cecil Bernard Longman Thorne served and survived the conflict.