The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private E R B Chapman



Photograph by "MrBob"

Private Ernest Robert Braybrook CHAPMAN, G/18356, (13288), 1st  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, at the Battle of Arras, Flanders France, 24th April 1917, age 20. 

Born 8th April 1897, Downham Market, Norfolk, son of Walter Chapman, (farmer), & Flora Chapman, of Jubilee House, Denver, Downham, Norfolk.

6th June 1897, Downham Market, Norfolk, baptism of Ernest Robert Braybrook Chapman, son of Walter (labourer) & Florie Chapman of Downham.

1911 Census - Common Lane, Denver, Downham - Walter Chapman. head. age 54, small holder, born Ely, Cambridgeshire; Flora Chapman, wife age 55, 8 children, 7 still alive, born Upwell, Norfolk; Beatrice Chapman, daughter, age 31, single, at home, born Upwell, Norfolk; Walter Chapman, son, age 24, single, gardener, born Denver, Norfolk; Alice Chapman, daughter, age 15, single, at home, born Downham, Norfolk; Ernest Chapman. son, age 13, school boy, born Downham, Norfolk.

Educated Denver Council School, Denver, Downham, Norfolk.

Called up for Service, Norwich, Norfolk, age 19, height 5ft 9¾. Resided Jubilee House, Denver, Downham, Norfolk. Formerly painters apprentice.

Home 8th April 1916 to 5th September 1916; BEF 6th September 1916 to 12th October 1916; Home 13th October 1916 to 6th February 1917; BEF 7th February 1917 to 24th April 1917.

8th April 1916, called up for Service; 12th April 1916, posted 12th Battalion,  Royal West Kent Regiment; 1st September 1916, transferred to 23rd Brigade, Training Reserve, posted 99th Battalion; 6th September 1916, embarked / disembarked France; 18th September 1916, joined 11th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 7th October 1916, wounded; 13th October 1916, to England, Hospital Ship "Stad Antwerp", shell wound right arm, ex 1 Canadian General Hospital, Etaples; 13th October 1916, posted Depot,  Royal West Kent Regiment; 18th December 1916, posted 3rd Battalion,  Royal West Kent Regiment; 7th February 1917, posted BEF & embarked / disembarked France; 25th February 1917, joined Battalion.

18th September 1919, Statement of Relatives - Mother, Flora Chapman, Jubilee House, Denver, near Downham Market, Norfolk; Brothers - Charles Edward? Chapman, age 36, 3636, 14th Avenue West, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Walter Chapman, age 33, Jubilee House, Denver, near Downham Market, Norfolk; Sisters - Beatrice May Beast?, age 39, Church Road, Downham Market, Norfolk; Sarah Elizabeth Cowell, age 37, Porter Street, Downham Market, Norfolk; Eliza Jane Griffin, age 31, Denver, Downham Market; Alice Chapman, age 24, Denver, Downham Market.

Buried at  Orchard Dump Cemetery, Special Memorial  A. 1.,  Arleux-en-Gohelle, Pas de Calais, France & Commemorated at Denver, incorporating Fordham, Ryston, Roxham & Bexwell War Memorial.

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