James Thobe/Thorpe

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment:
  • Service no:
  • Rank: Trimmer
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: H.M.S. Stephen Furness
  • Unit/Ship: Mercantile Marine Reserve
  • Place of Death: Lost at Sea
  • Age at Death:
  • Date of Death: 13.12.1917
  • Burial Country:
  • Cemetery: Plymouth Naval Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 26

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth:
  • Address: 3 Wolseley Street, Dundee
  • Occupation: Assistant Overseer, Rashiewell Works, Dens Rd, Dundee
  • Mother:

    Jane Stewart Thorpe, 31 Dura St, Dundee

  • Father:

    William Thorpe, 31 Dura St, Dundee

  • Siblings:

    Joseph, John & Mary

  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about James Thobe/Thorpe

James has no known grave but is remembered on the Plymouth Naval Memorial. He was serving abopard H.M.S. Stephen Furness which was requisitioned by the Admiralty for use as a Squadron Supply Ship (1915) and later as an Armed Boarding Steamer. She sank at 16:15 on 13 December, 1917 of the West Coast of the Isle of Man. The ship was enroute from Lerwick to Liverpool for repairs when she was struck by a torpedo from German Submarine UB-64.


Mrs Thorpe, 3 Wolseley Street, Dundee, has been official notified that her son, Stoker James Thorpe, of the Royal Navy, was killed in action on 13rdDecember last.  Previous to enlistment Stoker Thorpe was employed as an assistant overseer in Rashiewell Works.

Dundee Courier 5th January 1918

James was the brother of Pte John Thorpe, 473, 16th Battalion Australian Infantry, who was killed in action 02.05.1915.

Both men are remembered on a family Gravemarker within Dundee’s Eastern Cemetery with the surname of “THOBE” although all official records record them as “THORPE”


Information supplied by Gary Thomson, additional information and images kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell & Bob Thomson

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