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In MemoriamCHAPMAN, Charles Lancelot
  Major (Royal Field Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery, 173rd Brigade)
  Died died of wounds in Belgium (22-Aug-1917)
  Awards: Military Cross, Mentioned in Dispatches, Victory Medal, British War Medal, 1914-15 Star & Emblem

06-Jun-1901 (SSHS)


Charles Lancelot Chapman was the youngest son of Henry Chapman, a chartered accountant living in Westoe, and his wife Dora.

He was one of seven Chapman brothers who attended the High School. Alan Edward had died at the age of only 15, and of the remaining brothers, Robert, Laurence Alfred and Frederick Ernest are known to have served in WW1.

One of their sisters, Marion Dorothy Chapman also served. She was a a nurse with the Voluntary Aid Detachment (founded by the Red Cross) in Egypt, where she died of a lung infection in August, 1918.

Prior to joining the High School at the age of 8, Charles had been taught at home. He was a keen rugby player, like his brothers. During his 8 years at the school he joined Westoe Rugby Club and played for them from 1907 uintil 1913.

On leaving school, just before his 17th birthday, he went to work in his father's office to become a Chartered Accountant.

He served as Lieutenant with the Northumberland Howizer Battalion, rising to Captain, and was mentioned in despatches and awarded the Military Cross.

On 22-Aug-1917, whilst serving with the Howitzer Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery, he was killed when a shell hit his dug-out.

He is buried in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Belgium.

Known Addresses
1901: Seacroft, Westoe
1911: Seacroft, Westoe
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