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Ferdinand Augustus CHAPMAN

Regimental number253
Place of birthMungindi Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs Precilla Alice Chapman, Dinton Vale, Inverell, New South Wales
Enlistment date22 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Light Horse Regiment, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/19/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 13 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 2 October 1917

Bar to Military Medal


Recommendation date: 23 March 1918

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Medals

Military Medal

'At Polygon Wood on 26/28 September 1917, this man's supreme courage and initiative were a great incentive to those near him, in as much that others attempted to follow his example. At a critical stage of the engagement he noticed that a Lewis Gun was running short of ammunition, and notwithstanding heavy hostile shelling, proceeded to collect ammunition from the dead and wounded. This prompt action enabled the gun to continue firing until the counter attack had been dispersed. In addition, he rendered invaluable assistance to stretcher bearers in bandaging up wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

MM Bar


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 173
Date: 7 November 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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