Edwin Claude CHAPMAN

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CHAPMAN, Edwin Claude

Service Number: 15039
Enlisted: 3 January 1916, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 12th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Port Lorne, South Australia, 28 January 1894
Home Town: Ravensthorpe, Ravensthorpe, Western Australia
Schooling: Ravensthorpe State School, Western Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of wounds, France, 4 July 1918, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Borre British Cemetery
Plot II, Row C, Grave 2
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

3 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 15039, Perth, Western Australia
4 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 15039, 15th Field Artillery Brigade , Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
4 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 15039, 15th Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Port Lincoln, Melbourne
4 Jul 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 15039, 12th Field Artillery Brigade , Le Hamel - Blueprint for Victory

Sgt. Edwin Claude Chapman


Sgt Edwin Claude Chapman 04/07/1918
Claude was born at Port Lorne, South Aust. on 28/01/1894 and was the seconded youngest child of nine children of Charles and Alice Chapman.
The family moved to Ravensthorpe, West. Aust. in 1896.
They were wheat and sheep farmers in the district.
Claude enlisted in the A.I.F. at Perth, West. Aust. on the 11/01/1916.
Following his training in both West Aust and Victoria he was classified as a Gunner and was appointed acting Sergeant and was assigned to the 2nd reinforcements of the 12th Field Artillery Brigade.
On the 04/05 Claude and others embarked on HMAS Port Lincoln bound for Alexander, Egypt.
After two months of further training they embarked on the Lake Manitoba for England.
He had penetrating shrapnel chest wounds.
Pte Albert Leslie William (Les) Chapman 10/08/1918 is buried in Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres.
for his great niece Roma Strahan (Waterford, West. Aust.
Courtesy of Pierre Vandervalden, In Memory, The visit of Commonwealth Graves in Communals Cemetries and Churchyards in Belgium and France.

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Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

Rootsweb ID: I337813 Born 28 January 1894 in Port Lorne, South Australia
(SA Births 1842 - 1906 Book: 539 Page: 145 District: Gil.)

Father Charles CHAPMAN   (married in 1878) and Mother Alice Chapman (nee MANUEL).

Sibllings:
b.14/11/1878  Alice Bertha Chapman in Dublin, SA
b.13/11/1880  Arthur Bertram Charles Chapman in Dubllin, SA
b.6/8/1882      Nellie Rhoda Elizabeth Chapman in Dublin, SA
b.17/3/1884    Avy Linda Chapman in Wild Horse Plains, SA
b.17/2/1888    Lena Mirian Chapman in Wild Horse Plains, SA
b.4/11/1889    Albert Leslie Chapman
b.28/1/1894    Himself - Edwin Claude Chapman
b.14/3/1896    Irwin James Eli Chapman, in Port Lorne Hd Of Inkerman, SA

 

Lily Ruth Chapman - Born ...1892

Lily Ruth CHAPMAN  (b. 26/6/1892 in Inkerman, SA)

Brother in service:
3754 Albert Leslie Chapman - killed in action 11/8/1918
(b. 4/11/1889 in Inkerman, South Australia)

 

Described on enlisting as 21 years 11 months old, single, 5' 7 3/4" tall; 138 lbs;
fresh complexion; hazel eyes; brown hair; Methodist
lived with parents in Fairsview, Ravensthorpe, Western Australia

3/1/1916      enlisted into WWI at Perth, WA

4/5/1916      embarked from Port of Melbourne onboard HMAT Port Lincoln A17
                   as a Gunner with 15th Field Artillery Brigade

Gunner admitted to Artillery Training School, Tel-el-Kebir

1/8/1916      embarked oversea onboard Lake Manitoba, ex Alexandria

26/10/1916  transferred to 12th Field Artillery Brigade, Parkhouse
                   appointed Bombadier, at Boynton, No.2 Camp

1/12/1916    promoted to Corporal

1/1/1917      promoted to Sergeant

21/2/1917    sick to hospital, admitted to Military Hospital, Sutton Veny

28/3/1917    proceeded overseas to France, ex Folkestone, England

4/4/1917      transferred to 11th Howitzer Battery, Etaples, France

1/10/1917    detached to RBAA England for special duty, ex Belgium

6/1/1918      granted leave in UK
7/1/1918      returned to unit

30/4/1918    proceeded overseas to France, via Southampton

9/5/1918      rejoined unit, 12th Army Brigade AFA in France

4/7/1918      penetrating shell wound to chest, wounded in action, France
                   admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance

4/7/1918      transferred to 1st Australian Field Ambulance - dead on arrival
                   died of wounds received in action

Medals:        British War medal (40324) and Victory medal (39920)
                   Memorial Plaque and scroll (347423)

buried in:     Borre Military Cemetery - Plot I, Row C, Grave 22

later exhumed & reburied in:
                   Borre British Cemetery, Hazebrouck, Nord Pas de Calais, France
                   Plot II, Row C, Grave 2

His name is commemorated on Panel 17 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.

Submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  8/10/2016.   Lest we forget.

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