The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Second Lieutenant H J Chapman




Photograph by "Len"

Second Lieutenant Henry James CHAPMAN, 7th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, 8th August 1918, age 32.

1885, born Ely, Cambridgeshire, son of Sarah & Henry Chapman.

1911 Census - 16 Waldegrave Road, Hornsey, London, N - William John Challis, head, age 56, decorator / builder, born Poplar, London; Sarah Challis, wife, age 61, married 35 years, 5 children, all still alive, born Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire; Nellie Grace Challis, daughter, age22, single, shorthand  clerk, born Holborn, London; Frank Leonard Challis, son, age 18, single, clerk, shipping, born Holborn, London; Henry James Chapman, boarder, age 24, single, assistant school master, London County Council, born Ely, Cambridgeshire.

1913, September Quarter, Chesterton, Cambridgeshire, Registration District married Daisy E. Plant, of 45, Marine Parade, Lowestoft, Suffolk. 

Buried at  Beacon Cemetery, IV. G. 6., Sailly-Laurette, Somme, France

NOTE: (Intelligence Officer) Previously Pte 7532, 16th London Regiment / Norfolk Regiment.


London Gazette 27th March 1917.

Norfolk Regiment - Cadet Henry James Chapman, to be temporary 2nd Lieutenant (attached), 1st March 1917.

London Gazette 25th April 1918.

Royal West Kent Regiment - 2nd Lieutenant H J Chapman, from Norfolk Regiment to be temporary 2nd Lieutenant. 28th February 1918, with seniority 1st March 1917.

London Gazette 16th September 1918.

Awarded the Military Cross - T/2nd Lt Henry James Chapman, Norfolk Regiment. - For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty over three weeks fighting, especially on one occasion when he went forward through an intense barrage to ascertain the situation, bringing back important information. On numerous other occasions his keenness has led him to make useful reconnaissances, and his services have been most valuable.

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