|Place of birth||Ulverstone, Tasmania|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||31 Locke Street, Essendon, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||22|
|Next of kin||J S Chapman, 31 Locke Street, Essendon, Victoria|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Rank on enlistment||Corporal|
|Unit name||29th Battalion, A Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/46/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Sergeant|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||29th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Age at death from cemetery records||24|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), Belgium
The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.
The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.
Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
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|Parents: John and Mary CHAPMAN, 36 Locke Street, Essendon, Victoria. Native of Ulverstone, Tasmania|
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915.
Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 23 June 1916.
Promoted Temporary Sergeant, 23 July 1916; Sergeant, 16 August 1916.
Wounded in action, 7 September 1916 (gun shot wounds, multiple, right thigh); transferred to 30th General Hospital, 9 September 1916; to England, 11 September 1916, and admitted to Northumberland War Hospital, Gosforth, 12 September 1916 (gun shot wounds, back, right buttock and thigh: slight). transferred to No. 1 Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 9 November 1916; discharged to No. 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 21 November 1916. Marched into No. 4 Camp, Infantry Draft Depot, Perham Downs, 28 December 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 20 August 1917; rejoined 29th Bn, 1 September 1917.
Killed in action, 26-27 September 1917.Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal