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Private Albert Chapman

Private Albert George Appleton A2 display sheet

Family

Albert Henry Chapman was born in Tadley on 15 August 1889.

His parents were Henry and Elizabeth ‘Lydia’ or ‘Libia’ Chapman (née Saunders). Elizabeth was previously married to George Robinson with whom she had one son, William T Robinson, Albert’s stepbrother.

Albert was the eldest of the children born to Elizabeth and Henry: Albert Henry, Susan, Alice and Frederick John (twins), Thomas George, Elsie, Dorothy May, Edith Maud, Agnes Eileen (it is thought that Agnes was also known as Lena).

In the 1901 census Albert was 11 years old and living at Mount Pleasant with four of his siblings. In the 1911 census, aged 21 years old, his address was still given as Mount Pleasant, Tadley and his occupation was listed as ‘General Labourer’.

Albert was unmarried.

Service record

Albert served as a Private in the 5th Battalion of the Princess Charlotte of Wales (Royal Berkshire Regiment) (Service number 10340).

The 5th (Service) Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment was a Kitchener Battalion formed in Reading on the 25 August 1914. It was part of the 35th Battalion of the 12th Eastern Division of Kitchener’s First (K1) Army.

They were posted to France and arrived on 31 May 1915. Their initial training was at Armentières and they moved to Ploegsteert in June to learn trench warfare from a regular battalion. Throughout the summer of 1915 they alternated between trench duty and periods in reserve. When the Battle of Loos commenced on 25 September they were engaged in creating diversions and uncertainty in the German lines well to the north of the main battlefield. The following day however they began a move south. They made their attack on the 13 October at Hulluch Quarry and acquitted themselves well.

Died

Albert was killed in action on the Western Front on Tuesday 5 October 1915, aged 26.

According to the Regimental War Diary, he was killed in the morning/early afternoon through shell-fire on the front line (position 1,200 yards north of Loos, 2,700 yards north south east of Hulluch and 2,700 yards south east of Hill 70).

Commemorated

Albert is commemorated on Loos Memorial, Loos-en-Gohelle, Nord, Pas-de-Calais, France.

He is also remembered on Tadley war memorial and the URC roll of honour.

Decorations

Albert was awarded three medals: Victory, British and 1915 Star. These would have been sent to his family.

TADS World War I Memorial Exhibition is available for loan to interested bodies (eg, schools, Remembrance events etc). Copies of individual's sheets may be purchased from Profile Print & Copy (see for further details)

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Page updated: Saturday 7 February 2015; review date: 1 April 2015.