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John Edward CHAPMAN

Regimental number166
Place of birthGrafton, New South Wales
SchoolAlumny Creek, Grafton, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressBroadview, Grafton, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 5"
Weight115 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Chapman, Broadview, Grafton, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the 12th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces, Grafton.
Enlistment date21 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
Two ships sailed from Melbourne carrying men from the 31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C, and D: HMAT A62,'Wandilla', on 9 November 1915, and HMAT A41, 'Bakara', on 5 November 1915.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death20.10
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialRue-Petillon Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row L, Grave No. 73), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Edward and Ann CHAPMAN, Alumy Creek, Grafton, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, ex-HMT 'Wandilla', 7 December 1915.

Admitted No 8 Field Ambulance, Serapeum, 10 February 1916 (mumps); transferred to No 1 Casualty Clearing Station, Serapeum, 10 February 1916; to No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 10 February 1916; to Base Hospital Train, 11 February 1916; to No 4 Auxiliary Hospital, Abbassia, 12 February 1916; marched in to Base Details, Australian Overseas Base, Ghezereh, 2 March 1916; rejoined unit, Tel el Kebir, 5 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, 20 July 1916.

Buried Eaton Hall Cemetery, 20 July 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsMother's address subsequently Alumy Creek, via Grafton, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, CHAPMAN John Edward

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