James Chapman (Service No 4758)

First Name: 
James
Last Name: 
Chapman
Date Enlisted: 
Wednesday, January 5, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Lance Corporal
Unit: 
45th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Details: 

James Chapman (Service No 4758) was born in Wollongong, N.S.W. around 1891.  In 1913 he married Alice Smith in Wollongong. 

At enlistment James was 25 years old, worked as a miner and lived at Corrimal, N.S.W.; he had served 3 years with the St George Rifles. 

James embarked from Sydney on HMAT A15 Star of England with 13th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement on 8th March 1916, leaving Alice and their infant child in Corrimal.  He arrived in Egypt and was transferred to 45th Battalion on 19th April 1916.

Arriving in France on 1st June 1916 James saw service on the Western Front.  He was wounded in action on 7th June 1917 at Messines, receiving a gun shot wound to his nose. Treated locally he returned to duty on 10th June 1917.

In October 1918 James was promoted to Lance Corporal. 

He was returned to Australia in May 1919 and discharged from the AIF on 19th August 1919.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, CHAPMAN J

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