The AIF Project

Robert Reginald CHAPMAN

Regimental number1124
Place of birthDunedin, New Zealand
SchoolState School, Rotorua, New Zealand
Age on arrival in Australia21
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 9"
Weight151 lbs
Next of kinFather, Thomas Chapman, 36 Aro Street, Wellington, New Zealand
Enlistment date27 October 1914
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 8 August 1915

FateKilled in Action 4 May 1918
Age at death30
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialAdelaide Cemetery (Plot III, Row L, Grave No. 15), Villers-Bretonneux, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Elizabeth CHAPMAN. Native of Dunedin, New Zealand.

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on 6th August, 1915, at Aghyl Dere (Dardanelles). He was the bearer of an important message from one Commanding Officer to another, having to pass over ground swept by heavy fire. On his way he was badly wounded, but went on until he fell exhausted. After a time he pulled himself together, and, struggling on, eventually succeeded in reaching and attracting the attention of an officer, to whom he safely passed on the message. It was a most gallant service, and showed a fine spirit of self-sacrifice.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 28
Date: 24 February 1916

Family/military connectionsNil
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

Wounded in action, 9 August 1915 (gun shot wound, abdomen: serious); transferred by HS 'Gascon' to Malta; disembarked, 16 August 1915, and admitted to Tigne Hospital; to England, 29 August 1915, and admitted to King George's Hospital, Stamford St, London (date not recorded); to Inter-Base Depot, Abbeywood, 30 November 1915; to Monte Video, Weymouth, 30 May 1916; to Perham Downs, 22 June 1916.

Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal.

Proceeded overseas to France from 4th Training Bn, Rollestone, 30 July 1916; rejoined 13th Bn, 19 August 1916.

Appointed Corporal, 27 September 1917.

Killed in action, France, 14 May 1918.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CHAPMAN Robert Reginald

Print format    

© The AIF Project 2024, UNSW Canberra. Not to be reproduced without permission.