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Walter Thomas CHAPMAN

Regimental number4796
Place of birthMcLaren Vale, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressMcLaren Vale, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Ellen Chapman, Nuriootpa, South Australia
Enlistment date13 December 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll29 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 11 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work near Mont St. Quentin on 2 September 1918.
Recommendation date: 11 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 7 July 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the attack near MONT ST. QUENTIN, North East of PERONNE, on September 2nd 1918, this man was attached to the Brigade Sniping Section. Shortly after the leading waves of the attack had gone over, a party of the enemy numbering about forty, were observed by Private CHAPMAN in the rear of our newly gained line. They had two machine guns, and were preparing to attack our men from the rear. Private CHAPMAN immediately engaged them with rapid fire from an exposed position, and although under a concentrated fire, succeeded in killing twelve of the enemy on the guns and in the vicinity, the remainder being taken prisoners. he showed great courage and disregard of danger throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 6522 Lance Corporal Alexander John CHAPMAN, 27th Bn, returned to Australia, 13 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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