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Bugler C Thorpe

 
 

Harrogate Herald - 9th May 1917

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To touch a sailor's collar is supposed to bring good luck. Bugler C Thorpe (son of Mr Charles Thorpe, of Knaresborough, and a member of the Herald Office staff), is a sailor. The other day, when coming home on leave, he was the object of a singular incident in Leeds Station. There were I don't know how many munitions girls in the station, all of whom were desirous of touching the sailor's collar, for luck. Bugler Thorpe came in to see me on Monday, and told me, amongst other things, how often he had to change his collar because so many people would touch it. the lad is on a big cruiser that has been in various parts. Thorpe is but 17 years of age (18 in July, in fact), and is much enamoured of sea life. Has been as long as seven months without touching land. Has escorted troopships, been across the Atlantic, in the Mediterranean, West Indies, and seen much. Last time I met him Thorpe was but a boy. He has grown tall, manly, and looks well. I may relate an experience which was very tantalising to the naval boys of his ship. They were following an enemy craft, which, however, went inside the three mile limit, and so was able to keep quite near our ship, which couldn't fire on them, because they were within their three mile limit. They were not allowed to remain more than 24 hours, and so Thorpe's cruiser followed them out. Followed them, did I say! No, they went almost side by side, but before the enemy got outside the three mile limit they knew they were a goner, and thus sank their own vessel. Our boys were powerless to stop them. Hard luck, wasn't it? Thorpe did not give anything away, and I did not ask anything of him that he was not free by the regulations to tell me. His ship was near Portugal the day before war was declared by that Power. Our cruiser waited outside, and had a good round-up of German ships endeavouring to escape.

 

Harrogate Herald - 27th June 1917

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Seaman C Thorpe, of HMS -, is home on seven days' leave. He has been enjoying life at sea immensely.

 

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