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John James CHAPMAN

Regimental number4751
Place of birthKendall New South Wales
AddressKendall, Camden Haven River, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, J S Chapman, Kendall, Camden Haven River, New South Wales
Enlistment date13 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star of England on 8 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 4 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 20 July 1919

Military Medal

'At PERONNE during Operations on 1st/2nd September 1918, for great gallantry and initiative. His officer having become a casualty he led his platoon with dash and skill over extremely difficult marshy ground, putting the enemy to flight and capturing many prisoners. On reaching the final objective his platoon was heavily shelled. Here his personal courage and contempt for danger greatly inspired his men, who succeeded in consolidating and holding the position.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 4750 Pte David Singer CHAPMAN, 54th Bn, returned to Australia, 13 February 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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