Samuel Davey (Dave) CHOPPING


CHOPPING, Samuel Davey

Service Number: 4688
Enlisted: 19 January 1916, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lance Sergeant
Last Unit: 53rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Para Meadow, New South Wales, 5 October 1894
Home Town: Wollongong, Wollongong, New South Wales
Schooling: Wollongong Public School
Occupation: School Teacher
Died: Died of wounds, Belgium, 25 September 1917, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hereford House Reunion Club Roll of Honour, Parramatta NSW Public School Teachers KIA Honour Roll, Parramatta NSW Public School Teachers Who Served Abroard Honour Roll, Queanbeyan Public School Great War Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

19 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4688, Sydney, New South Wales
13 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4688, 17th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
13 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4688, 17th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney
9 Oct 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 53rd Infantry Battalion
21 Jan 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 53rd Infantry Battalion
15 Sep 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, 53rd Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at Town Hall, Sydney, NSW (aged 21 years and 3 months) Previous Experience: 1 year senior cadets, 3 years Infantry Regiment CMF
25 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, SN 4688, 53rd Infantry Battalion, Menin Road

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Biography contributed by Beverley Christian

"...4688 Private Samuel Davey Chopping, 17th Battalion from Wollongong, NSW. A 21 year old school teacher prior to enlistment on 19 January 1916, he embarked for overseas with the 12th Reinforcements from Sydney on 13 April 1916 aboard HMAT Ceramic. After joining the 53rd Battalion in France in October 1916, he was promoted to Corporal on 13 August 1917 and to Lance Sergeant on 15 September 1917. He died on 25 September 1917 from wounds received at Glencorse Wood, Belgium and is buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Paschendaele, Belgium." - SOURCE (