The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private W J Chapman


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Private William John CHAPMAN, 1332, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died, 16th July 1918, age 30.

Born Kensal Rise, London.

24th October 1909, Christ Church, Notting Hill, William John Chapman, age 21, bachelor, porter, 64 Golbourne? Road, father John William, Chapman, steward, deceased married Rosina Charlotte Smith, spinster, age 19, of 18 Kensal Road, father William Henry Smith, horsekeeper.


1911 Census - 198 Kensal Road - William John Chapman, head, age 22, married, tobacconist carman; Rosina Chapman, wife, age 20, married 1 year; William G Chapman, son, age 5 months.


Children - Ivy May Chapman, born 15th December 1914, 6 Aylesford Street, Pimlico, London; Iris Beatrice Chapman, born 22nd March 1917.

Enlisted Bromley, Kent, age 27 years & 2 months, height 5ft 9¼ inches, weight 125lbs, pale complexion, brown eyes, brown hair, scar from burn right forearm. Resided 17 West Terrace, Fairlawn Park, Sydenham, Kent / 10, Blenheim Cottage, Sunbury. Formerly tobacconist.

Home 6th September 1914 to 22nd September 1915.

6th September 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 26th October 1914, posted 9th Battalion, (2nd Reserve), Royal West Kent Regiment;

8th September 1915, Medical Board - originated July 1913, Islington, had a large hemorrhage from lungs, stayed off work three weeks & felt quite well until December 1914, when he did not feel up to work. He has impaired movement over whole of right side & chest which has a dull note bronchial breathing & palpitations over whole of right lung. He has swollen & tender right testicle with discharging ???? on scrotum. He also has a ???? in anus. Not the result of but greatly aggravated by ordinary military service. This man has had half? pint? hemorrhage one year prior to enlistment so certainly was tuberculosis when he enlisted. Permanent. Total incapacity;

22nd September 1915, discharged as no longer physically fit for War Service.

Pension 4/8 a week, from 23rd September 1915 to 29th February 1916; 20/- a week from 1st March 1916 to 22nd March 1917; 17th January 1917, Medical Board, total incapacity, not earning, undoubtedly  tuberculosis , pension 20/- a week to 22nd March 1918; 4th April 1917, claim for Revision under Royal Warrant, increased to 27/6 a week; 17th October 1917, children allowance, only one child eligible, 2/- a week form 1st March 1916 to 3rd April 1917, then 5/- from 4th April 1917 to end of conditional period; 15th July 1918, man died and pension to be paid to end of quarter, 30th September 1918, child's allowance to be increased to 6/8 a week from date to which last paid to 30tn September 1918.

Buried at  Sunbury New Cemetery, C. 7. 243., United Kingdom.

NOTE: Not shown in Regimental History or in Soldiers Died in the Great War; but included on CWGC web site.


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