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Regimental number18437
Place of birthMolong New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressPerkins Street, Newcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, H H Chippindall, Perkins Street, Newcastle, New South Wales
Previous military service16th Infantry
Enlistment date21 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 7, Battery 25
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/35/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 11 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollBombardier
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 26 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 29 May 1919

Military Medal

At ZONNEBEKE on the 12th October 1917 during the attack on the PASSCHENDAELE RIDGE Gunner Chippindall maintained a gun in action under very difficult and dangerous conditions. This Battery entered this operation very much depleted in personnel, practically none of its old N.C.Os being left and its detachments composed very largely of reinforcements quite new to the Battery. It was necessary in several cases to make gunners do the work of N.C.Os and Gunner Chippindall was in charge of a detachment, almost entirely composed of Trench Mortar personnel who were attached as reinforcements. Although in great pain at the time from swollen feet this young gunner refused to leave his duty. On several occasions the Battery came under very heavy shell fire, and it was almost entirely owing to his leadership that a partially untrained detachment was able to satisfactorily keep a gun in action throughout the entire operations.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 18439 Gunner Leonard CHIPPINDALL MM, 7th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 29 May 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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