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Percy Wellesley CHAPMAN

Regimental number1008
Date of birth--/01/1887
Place of birthGlen Innes New South Wales
SchoolWolaroi House, Orange, and The Armidale School, New South Wales
Other trainingHawkesbury College, Richmond, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStudent
Addressc/o A W Chapman, South Hill, Goulburn, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFather, A W Chapman, South Hill, Goulburn, New South Wales
Enlistment date9 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Light Horse Regiment, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/6/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A65 Clan McEwen on 28 June 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: INF55
Promotion date: 28 January 1916

Lieutenant


Unit: INF55
Promotion date: 16 July 1916

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHe left Australia as a trooper 6th Reinforcement of 1st Regt in June 1915, served in Gallipoli for 8 weeks, recommended for commission. Reached France as 2Lt in 55th Btn June 1916. MC at Battle of Fleurbaix; wounded October 1916; reached front again Dec, made Cpt on his return; reported missing 12 March in advance to Bapaume, body found 3 days later near German lines.
FateKilled in Action 12 March 1917
Place of death or woundingNear Bapaume
Age at death30
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialBernafay Wood British Cemetery (Row j, Grave No. 42), Montauban, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
160
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Archibald and Gertrude CHAPMAN, 211 Cowper Street, Goulburn, New South Wales. Native of Glen Innes, New South Wales
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry during an action. He repeatedly led bombing attacks along the enemy's trenches and fought them back long enough to enable many of our wounded to reach safety.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Family/military connectionsCousin: Trooper ? Russell Galbraith, killed in Amman, Palestine, ist Reinforcement 6th Regt.

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