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Horace David CHAPMAN

Regimental number2600
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationProcess engraver
Address33 Munni Street, Newtown, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinBrother, William Chapman, 6 John Street, Sydenham, New South Wales
Enlistment date24 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 9 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 16 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 22 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At BROODSEINDE RIDGE east of YPRES on the morning of 12th instant, No. 2600 Lance Corporal Horace David CHAPMAN showed conspicuous courage and devotion to duty. When an enemy barrage was on our front line and a counter attack expected, it was necessary to send messages from Company Headquarters to Platoon Commanders. Lance Corporal CHAPMAN immediately volunteered, carrying and delivering same successfully, the whole of the time being under extremely heavy shell fire. During the whole period of the operations he was exceedingly conspicuous for his good work in guiding ration parties by night to outlying posts, guiding inter-company and battalion reliefs over difficult ground and his courage and devotion set an excellent example to the remainder of the Company runners in his command. his work for the past sixteen months has been excellent and this is the third occasion on which he has been recommended for distinction by his Company Commander. I consider him worthy of special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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