Colin Derek Thorpe (1922-1942)

archive photo of a young man in uniform

Photograph accession number 1987.301

Colin Derek Thorpe was born in Harrogate, West Yorkshire, but brought up on the Isle of Wight. He joined cadet ship Conway at the age of fourteen, after the death of his parents. Colin won many prizes for achievement while with Conway, including Gold Medal for best cadet in 1939.

Colin lost his life while serving on HMS Firedrake in December 1942.

The following objects from the collection are in a small display in the Life at Sea gallery about Colin and another Conway cadet, Walter George Hiscock: