Chapman, James A

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



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, then aged 16, had left school and was employed as an apprentice wheelwright.



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. His death was announced in the Macclesfield Times on 10 December 1915:

TERRITORIAL KILLED IN THE DARDANELLES: BURIED BY BOLLINGTON LADS – Mr G Chapman, 36 Lowerhouse, Bollington, has received an intimation stating that his son, Private J A Chapman, 1/7th Batt Cheshire Regt, has been killed in action in the Dardanelles… Sergeant George Gaskell, B Company, states: “No doubt you have been informed of the death of your son Albert. He was in my platoon… He died while on duty. On the 18th November he was with a water-carrying party when a shrapnel shell burst, killing him and wounding three others. I and five more Bollington lads had the sad task of conveying his body to the cemetery, which stands on a hill and overlooks the place where we landed…” Private J Smith, of the 1/7th Batt Cheshire Regt wrote: “All of us in “B” Company offer our deepest sympathy.”


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

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private James Chapman, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

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

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