Richard Henry CHILMAN

CHILMAN, Richard Henry

Service Number: 279
Enlisted: 10 March 1916, Rockhampton
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 13th Machine Gun Company
Born: Rockhampton, Queensland, 2 August 1895
Home Town: Rockhampton, Rockhampton, Queensland
Schooling: Allenstown State School, Rockhampton
Occupation: Shearer
Died: Killed in Action, France, Belgium, 8 June 1917, aged 21 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Panel 31 No known grave, Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Gracemere Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

10 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 279, 13th Machine Gun Company, Rockhampton
1 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 279, 13th Machine Gun Company, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '21' embarkation_place: Brisbane embarkation_ship: HMAT Clan McGillivray embarkation_ship_number: A46 public_note: ''
1 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 279, 13th Machine Gun Company, HMAT Clan McGillivray, Brisbane
8 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 279, 13th Machine Gun Company, Battle of Messines

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Richard Henry CHILMAN was born in Rockhampton, Queensland on 2nd August, 1895

His parents were Charles Edwin CHILMAN and Ellen Jane TURNER

He had 2 years previous service with the Senior Cadets before he enlisted in Rockhampton on 10th March, 1916 & embarked with the 13th Machine Gun Company, 3rd Reinforcements on the HMAT Clan Macgillivray on 1st May, 1916

Richard was Killed in Action in France on 8th June, 1917 during the Battle of Messines - he has no known grave

His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial & the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial

Medals:  British War Medal & Victory Medal


Morning Bulletin, Rockhampton -8th June, 1918 page 1


CHILMAN - In loving memory of our dear Brother, Richard Henry Chilman, 13th Machine Gun Company, Killed in Action, Messines, France, 8th June, 1917

"Only a grave of a hero, only a mound of earth

Far from the land of wattle, the place that gave him birth.

Somewhere in France he is lying, he answered his countries call

And died an Australian hero, fighting to save us all.

He sleeps on a bloodstained battlefield, our noble brothers so brave

No loving hands may place a wreath, upon his unknown grave.

But the hardest part is yet to come, when the warriors all return,

When we miss among the cheering crowd, the face of our dear Brother

Inserted by his loving brothers & sisters