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John Henry CHAPPEL

Regimental number1672
Place of birthMoonta, South Australia
OccupationStorekeeper's assistant
AddressMoonta Mines, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Chappel, Moonta Mines, South Australia
Enlistment date3 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 23 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 24 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 4 June 1919

Military Medal

'At WESTHOEK on 20th September 1917. This man became isolated from his unit and found himself amongst some men of 17th Battalion. He attached himself to Captain WRIGHT's Company and displayed great skill and initiative by taking charge of and working a Lewis Gun. he inflicted many casualties on the enemy, and by his coolness and courage he inspired those with him, with confidence, and undoubtedly contributed largely to the success of 'A' Company. 17th Battalion . This evidence is supported by Colonel MARTIN, C.O.of 17th Battalion, and by Captain WRIGHT, O.C. 'A' Company, 17th Battalion.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death24 August 1948
Place of burialWest Terrace Cemetery

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