1906953 Lance Corporal

 

Michael Brayshaw Thorp.

 

5 Bomb Disposal Company.

 

Royal Engineers.

 

Photo taken by Spike Martin.

 

Son of Edgar Brayshaw Thorp and Katheleen Frances Thorp of Loudwater, Rickmansworth.

 

Died on the 19th November 1940. Aged 21.

 

Buried at Christ Church Churchyard, Chorley Wood.

 

South East Corner.

 

At Dellwood Gardens, Ilford an unexploded bomb was partially uncovered, it was fuzed with a clockwork time delay. On checking the fuze was not ticking. Digging continued to check if another fuze was fitted. As this was being undertaken the bomb detonated Sapper D. J. Hurley and Corporal M. Thorp was killed. Three other Sappers were injured and taken to hospital. It is believed that the vibration caused by the digging may have started the clockwork fuze. Or another fuze was fitted which could have been of the anti-disturbance type.

Details taken from Bomb Disposal Casualties of WW11. Chris Ranstead.