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Regimental number151
Place of birthHatford, Herts, England
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
School(Watford) Wesleyan School
Age on arrival in Australia23
ReligionChurch of England
AddressArtillery Barracks, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 7.75"
Weight145.5 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs S J Chipperfield, 24 Middle Head Road, Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years in the Cape Mounted Rifles, 2 years in the Royal Australian Garrison Artillery (still serving at time of AIF enlistment).; Soldier at Georges Heights Barracks, Mosman
Enlistment date5 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll31 December 1915
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameSiege Artillery Brigade
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 17 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll36th Heavy Artillery Group
FateDied of wounds 24 December 1917
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death29
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialWatford Cemetery (Plot K, Row 8, Grave No. 537), Hertford
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Anne CHIPPERFIELD; husband of Kathlees CHIPPERFIELD, 8 Marlborough Road, Donnybrook, Co. Dublin.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Disembarked Boulogne, 27 February 1916.

Attached to Headquarters, 36th Australian Heavy Artillery Group, 4 May 1916. Returned to duty with 54th Battery, 25 May 1916. Transferred to 55th Battery, 10 August 1916; to 54th Battery, 14 December 1916. Detached temporarily to HQ, 36th HAG, 5 March 1917; rejoined unit, 22 March 1917.Transferred to HQ, 36th HAG, 28 August 1917. Attached to CG Office, XV Corps Heavy Artillery, 28 August 1917; rejoined unit, 29 September 1917. On leave to England, 29 September 1917; date of rejoining unit not recorded.

Wounded in action, 4 November 1917 (shrapnel wound, head); admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 6 November 1917, and transferred to 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train, 12 November 1917; to 4th General Hospital, 12 November 1917; to England, 27 November 1917, and admitted same day to 1st Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge; died of wounds and meningitis, 24 December 1917.

Buried privately by his mother in unconsecrated ground, Watford Burial Board Cemetery.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CHIPPERFIELD Sydney James

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