Chapman, James A

James Albert Chapman, Private 1823, 1/7th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 18th October 1915 in Gallipoli, Turkey, aged 20

 

EARLY LIFE

James Albert Chapman was born in 1894 at Cressbrook, Derbyshire, the son of Lydia and George Chapman, a cotton weaver. In 1901, 6 year old James was living at Ravensdale, Cressbrook with his parents and 10 month old sister Olive. By 1911, the family had moved to 36 Moss Brow, Bollington, and now included four more boys: Irwin (8), William Arthur (5), George Ronald (2), and an unnamed son, just two days old. James, now aged 16, had left school and was employed as an apprentice wheelwright.

 

WW1 SERVICE

James joined the 7th Cheshire Regiment in Macclesfield, and following a period of training in the south of England, the 7th Cheshires, as part of 159th Brigade, 53rd (Welsh) Division, received orders to equip for service in an undisclosed location in the Mediterranean. In July 1915 they sailed from Devonport to Alexandria in Egypt, where James landed on 1st August. He went on to see action in Gallipoli and was killed by a shell when fetching water on 18th October 1915, aged 20.

 

COMMEMORATION

Private James Chapman is buried in grave ref. II. F. 7. in Lala Baba Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey. His mother requested that a cross and the inscription “THY WILL BE DONE” should be added to his headstone.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private James Chapman.

Locally, Private James Chapman is commemorated on the Bollington (Palmerston St) and Bollington (Parish) war memorials.


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