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Chapman MATHERS

Regimental number919
Place of birthRous Mill, Richmond River, New South Wales
SchoolRous Mill Public School, New South Wales
ReligionProtestant
OccupationFarmer
AddressRous PO, Rous, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 5.5"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinFather, David Mathers, Rous PO, Rous, New South Wales
Enlistment date18 September 1914
Place of enlistmentLismore, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularDied whilst prisoner of war in Turkey. Took part in the landing at Gallipoli, was wounded in leg, however returned to firing line for some months afterwards. He relinquished a farm & herd of cattle when he enlisted. (details from father)
FateDied of illness whilst a Prisoner of War 17 February 1917
Place of death or woundingTurkey
Age at death30
Age at death from cemetery records31
Place of burialBaghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery (Angora Memorial 108), Iraq
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
76
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: David and Rosetta Caldwell MATHERS, 'Newark', Rous, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2178 Pte Thomas James MATHERS, 15th Bn, killed in action, 8 August 1915.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 12 April 1915.

Wounded in action (bullet wound, left foot: slight), date not shown; admitted to 17th General Hospital, Alexandria, 30 April 1915; transferred to Comvalescent Camp, Mustapha, 13 May 1915; discharged to duty, 18 June 1915.

Embarked Alexandria, 14 July 1915; rejoined Bn, Gallipoli, 19 July 1915.

Wounded in action, Lone Pine, 8 August 1915; taken Prisoner of War.

Red Cross, Cairo, 20 November 1915, noted: 'Unoff. reported prisoner in Constantinople'.

Interned at Afio Karahissar; interned at Pozanti; transferred from Bilemedik to Angora.

Died of typhus, Angora, 17 February 1917.

Extract from letter, 958 Trooper G.A. ROBERTS, 1st Light Horse Regiment (POW, Angora, Turkey), Red Cross File No 1730810: 'We are not allowed to attend the burial of a fellow prisoner. When they die in Hospital they are taken to a room in the Hospital and washed, and then conveyed on a stretcher to the Hospital Grave Yard and buried by Turks (Shrouds are unnecessary luxuries to these people) There are no marks to shew (sic) who is buried in certain places. We know they are English that is all.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Base Records wrote to father, 3 February 1928: '... I have now to inform you that the remains of this soldier [919 C. MATHERS] were originally reported to be interred in Angora Cemetery, Asia Minor. In accordance with the [Imperial War Graves] Commission's policy of concentrating all isolated burials in in established Military Cemeteries under British control the graves in this Cemetery were removed to Baghdad. Unfortunately in the case of your son and certain other members of the Imperial and Dominion Forces, no surface markings could be traced, and it was found impossible otherwise to identify the actual places of burial of these soldiers. In the circumstances it is proposed to erect a special Kipling Memorial in the Cemetery at Baghdad bearing he names and regimental partibulars of the Fallen, together with the Following wording: TO THE MEMORY OF THESE 265 SOLDIERS AND SAILORS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE WHO DIED AS P. OF W. AND WERE BURIED AT THE TIME IN THE CEMETERY AT ANGORA, ADA, BAZER, BOZANTI, ISLAHIE BUT WHOSE GRAVES ARE NOW LOST. "THEIR GLORY SHALL NOT BE BLOTTED OUT." It is also the intention of the Commission to erect separate permanent headstones in the Memorial Plot at Baghdad in order to give suitable expression to next of kins' wishes for the addition of personal inscriptions, etc.'
SourcesNAA: B2455, MATHERS Chapman
Red Cross file 1730810

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