Private Joseph Harper-Thorne was born in Great Durnford in 1888. Joseph was a member of the church choir and ringer at St.Mary and St.Melor Amesbury. Joseph initially enlisted with the 6th Battalion Duke of Cornwall Regiment in Salisbury but then transferred to the 2nd Battalion Hampshire Regiment. The Hampshire Regiment had been involved in Gallipoli but after being withdrawn was sent to France in March 1916.
On 19th August 1917 Joseph suffered a severe gunshot wound to the neck from which he died quickly. He was buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery at Pas de Calais.
On Sunday 20th August 2017 six Amesbury ringers rang 30 minutes of rounds and call changes to commemorate Joseph’s death.