Harry Thorpe MM
Harry Thorpe was born at the Lake Tyers Mission Station near Lakes Entrance, Victoria.
In February 1916 he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force and joined the 17th Reinforcements to the 7th Battalion on the way to the Western Front.
After two weeks of fighting Harry was evacuated with a gunshot wound to his leg. He was promoted to Lance Corporal in January 1917, and went on to fight in the battle of Bullecourt where he was wounded for the second time by a gunshot wound to the shoulder. Later that year, Harry was involved in the operations near Ypres in Belgium.
His great courage and leadership earned him a Military Medal and promotion to Corporal.
Harry was wounded for the third and final time during the great offensive of August 1918.
He was seriously wounded in the stomach during the battle at Lihons. When stretcher-bearers finally reached him, his wounds proved to be fatal and he died shortly afterwards. He was 34. Harry is buried in the large Heath Cemetery near Harbonnières, a few kilometres from where he fell and next to his friend Bill Rawlings MM, who died on the same day.
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