The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private A L Chapman


Private Alfred Lewis CHAPMAN, L/10789, 1st. Battalion Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action Flanders France, 10th April 1917, age 19.

Born 26th April 1897, Boxley Kent, son of Alfred William & Harriett Chapman, of New Cottages, Sandling, near Maidstone, Kent.

1911 Census - 12, Pratling St., Aylesford, Maidstone, Kent - Alfred Chapman, head, age 45, married, clay pit labourer, born Maidstone, Kent; Harriet Chapman, wife, age 42, married 17 years, 6 children, all still alive, born Yalding, Kent; Robert Chapman, son, age 16, single, potter labourer, brickworks, born Boxley Kent; Winifred Chapman, daughter, age 15, single, born Boxley Kent; Lewis Chapman, son, age 13, school, born Boxley Kent; Dorothy Chapman, daughter, age 11, school, born Boxley Kent; Sydney Chapman, son, age 9, school, born Boxley Kent; Percy Chapman, son, age 3, born Aylesford, Kent.

Enlisted Maidstone Kent, age 18 years & 25 days, height 5ft 2 inches, weight 103lbs, fresh complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair, birth mark below left breast.  Resided Sandling Kent. Formerly gardener.

Home, 20th May 1915 to 25th February 1917; BEF France, 26th February 1917 to 10th April 1917.

20th May 1915, enlisted; 25th May 1915, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 29th May 1915, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 16th February 1916, Fort Darland, reporting sick without a cause, 10 days confined to Barracks; 1st March 1916, Fort Darland, improperly dressed on guard mounting parade / not getting a hook sewn on his great coat when ordered to do so / absent from Company Orderly Room when ordered to be there, deprived of 5 days pay; 5th May 1916, Fort Darland, absent from 11.00am Parade, 7 days confined to Barracks; 10th August 1916, Belvedere Camp, altering his trousers contrary to orders, 3 days confined to Barracks; 24th October 1916, Belvedere, not getting out of bed when ordered at Reveille, 3 days confined to Barracks; 11th December 1916, Belvedere, being in bed after Reveille, 2 days confined to Barracks; 19th December 1916, Belvedere, not complying with an order, not properly bathing himself, 3 days confined to Barracks; 31st December 1916, Belvedere, not getting his hair cut when ordered, 2 days confined to Barracks; 26th February 1917, posted BEF; 26th February 1917, embarked / disembarked; 18th March 1917, joined Battalion, "A" Company.

16th June 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, Alfred W Chapman, New Cottages, Sandling, Maidstone; Harriett Chapman, New Cottages, Sandling, Maidstone; Brothers - Sydney J Chapman, age 17, on Active Service, Newcastle on Tyne; Percy W Chapman, age 12, New Cottages, Sandling, Maidstone; Arthur S Chapman, age 5, New Cottages, Sandling, Maidstone; Sisters - Winifred M Chapman, age 23, Quarry Down, Hythe, Kent; Dorothy E Chapman, age 19, Quarry Down, Hythe, Kent.

11th April 1921, Mrs Alfred Chapman, living  at 11, Pratling St., Aylesford, Maidstone, Kent.

Commemorated at Arras Memorial,  Bay 7, Pas de Calais, France and at War Memorial near to St. Mary and All Saints Church, Boxley Kent.

St Mary & All Saints Church, Boxley - photograph by Tracey J Winter-Biggs

Boxley War Memorial, states L A Chapman. On the 1901 & 1911 Census he was listed as Lewis.

photograph by Tracey J Winter-Biggs

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