William Walter Stanley Chapple

First Name: 
William
Middle Name: 
Walter Stanley
Last Name: 
Chapple
Mother's Name: 
Emma (nee Whateman)
Father's Name: 
James Chapple
Date Enlisted: 
Saturday, October 21, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Lance Corporal
Unit: 
20th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
b
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Thursday, July 19, 1962
Place of Death: 
Clunes
Details: 

William Chapple (Service No 675) was born in Mittagong, NSW about 1890. His parents were deceased when he enlisted at Lismore and he named his uncle at Albion Park, NSW as his next of kin. At the time of enlistment he was a single 26 year old teamster.

He embarked from Melbourne on HMAT A29 Suevic with 12th Reinforcements, Machine Gun Company 5 on 21st June 1917 and arrived in England on 28th September 1917. After training William joined 20th Battalion in France on 1st January 1918. On 7th April 1918 while fighting to halt the German breakout he was wounded in action and evacuated to hospital in England for treatment of a gun shot wound to his left hand. He returned to his unit on 18th July 1918 and served until the War ended.

On 13th March 1919 he was promoted to Lance Corporal with 15th Company AASC. William returned to Australia in July 1919 and was discharged medically unfit on 8th October 1919. In 1920 he married Enid Bailey in Wollongong.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, CHAPPLE W W S

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