Samuel Davey Chopping

First Name: 
Samuel
Middle Name: 
Davey
Last Name: 
Chopping
Date of Birth: 
Thursday, October 5, 1893
Mother's Name: 
Harriet (nee King)
Father's Name: 
Job Chopping
Date Enlisted: 
Wednesday, January 19, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Sergeant
Unit: 
53rd Battalion
Company: 
B
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Tuesday, September 25, 1917
Place of Death: 
Glencourse Wood Passchendaele, Belgium
Cause of Death: 
Died of wounds
Details: 

Sergeant Samuel Chopping (Service no. 4688) was born in Woonona on October 5, 1893. At the time of enlistment he was a school teacher in Wollongong. He embarked on HMAT A40 Ceramic on April 13, 1916 with 17th Battalion and saw service on the Western Front.

Samuel was transferred to B coy 53rd Battalion in June 1916 and was in time to be part of the Fromelle battle. He survived this and on August 13, 1917 was promoted to Corporal. A month later he was again promoted, this time to Sergeant.

In action for the battle of Glencourse Wood, Samuel was wounded on September 25, 1917 and was evacuated for treatment but later that day died from his wounds. He is buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery. Plot xliv, Row a, Grave 9. Tyne Cot is the largest war cemetery and holds ten thousand men, most from the Passchendaele battle.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, CHOPPING S D

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