The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

L/Cpl C J Chappell


Photograph by "Steve N"

Lance Corporal Charles John CHAPPELL, G/10537, Machine Gun Section, 11th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, during operations on the Somme, Flanders France, 7th October 1916, age 20.

Born 19th May 1896, Lewisham, SE, only Son of Henry Charles Chappell, (sanitary engineer) and Ada Caroline Chappell, (daughter of John Hockley), of 40, Dacre Park, Lewisham, London.

Educated Northbrook School, Lee, SE & Roan School, Greenwich, London, SE.

1911 Census - 64 Quentin Road, Lee, SE. - Henry Charles Chappell, head, age 41, married, house plumber, born Lee, Kent; Ada Caroline Chappell, wife, age 37, married 16 years, 2 children, both still alive, born Ilford, Essex; Charles John Chappell, son, age 14, school, born Lee, Kent; Lilian Doris Chappell, age 12, school, born Lee, Kent.

Enlisted , Lewisham, SE, age 19 years & 156 days, height 5ft 7¼ inches, weight 135lbs. Resided 64 Quentin Road, Lee, SE. Formerly shipping clerk employed by RMSP Co. Ltd.

Home 30th October 1915 to 2nd May 1916; BEF 3rd May 1916 to 7th October 1916.

30th October 1915, enlisted & posted 11th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 2nd May 1916, embarked Southampton; 3rd May 1916, Havre, disembarked; 24th September 1916, appointed unpaid Lance Corporal.

A Comrade wrote: "Allow me to assure you that I and others members of his Company deeply regret your unfortunate loss. He was very popular with us, teaching us in his quiet way all that was right and good," and another: "Charlie will always remain in my heart as the bright happy, Christian pal that he always was, and as perfect as it is possible to be, for he gave his life for others."

15th April 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, Henry E Chappell, 40, Dacre Park, Lewisham; Mother, Ada C Chappell, 40, Dacre Park, Lewisham; Sister - Lilian Doris Chappell, age 20, 40, Dacre Park, Lewisham.

Buried at Warlencourt British Cemetery, V. G. 15., Pas de Calais, France.

NOTE: Regimental History & Soldiers Died in the Great War show rank as Private; CWGC website shows rank as Lance Corporal.

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