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Grenville Blakeney Thorpe


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Serial No. 28094

2nd Divisional Ammunition Column


Grenville Blakeney Thorpe - Information

Grenville was living with his family on Park Rd in Camden when he decided to serve in the AIF. His parents, Arthur James and Eliza, came to Camden from Armidale, where Grenville was born in 1894. Grenville then found work as a woolclasser. In late 1915, his younger brother, Basil, enlisted in the AIF. Grenville then joined up on the 5th of September 1916 at the Royal Australian Showground in Sydney, aged 22. During training, Grenville was made a Driver with the 10th Reinforcements, 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column. He then boarded the HMAT Ascanius in Sydney on the 25th of October 1916.

Grenville disembarked in Devonport two days before Christmas. He was then marched out for training at the Reserve Brigade Australian Artillery. In mid August 1917, he was transported to the Western Front in France, joining his unit in the lines. The columns made sure that Artillery units were well supplied. After the war ended, Grenville was taken to England in May 1919. He was then sent back to Australia on the 2nd of September 1919 on the Karmala. Surprisingly, Grenville also served during the Second World War (NX69580).