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Chapman L B  Cpl   199

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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


Chapman L B    Cpl    199    Lewis Bennie   29 Inf Bn    22    Blacksmith    Single    C of E        

Address:    Essendon, Locke St, 36   

Next of Kin:    Chapman, J S, 31 Locke St, Essendon    

Enlisted:    10 Jul 1915        

Embarked:     A11 Ascanius 10 Nov 1915    


Date of Death:  between 26/09/1917 and 27/09/1917  Sergeant

CWGC: "Son of Mary Anne Chapman, of 36, Locke St, Essendon, Victoria, and the late

John Sayer Chapman. Native of Ulverstone. Tasmania".



Included in this photo:

29th Infantry Battalion, A Company




29TH Battn, AIF  CHAPMAN  Sgt L B 199


"Killed in Action 26/27-9-17"

He was of the 29th Battalion, C Company, but had been in A Company.  He came from Brunswick, Melbourne.  5ft 9, fair, and 28 years. At Polygon Wood on 26th September 1917, during the attack he was in the hop over in the early morning when he was killed instantly by a shell.  I know nothing of his burial. 

Informant:  Cpl C F Lythgoe 2074.


"Killed 26.9.1917"

Description: Height 5'10" aged 25 years.

We were at Ypres, Polygon Wood on the 26th Sept 17.  Sgt Chapman and I were in a pill box in the front lines - about dusk.  Chapman went out to see result of barrage when he was hit in the head by a shell and killed instantly.  He was buried a few yards behind the front line.  A cross was erected but would not remain there as the Germans advanced over this ground afterwards. 

Informant 6721 Pte A C Collas.  D Coy 29th B ttn  AIF 10.3.19


Special enquiry  "Sept 26/27 1917"

No need for a description for this man as the Informant has shown me Chapman's identity disc.

At Polygon Wood on the night of 27th September about half an hour before the Battn was relieved, a H E shell from our own Artillery burst at the entrance of the Pillbox causing head injuries and shattered left arm to Chapman. Every possible aid was rendered b ut he died about a quarter of an hour later in my arms.  He was quite unconcious to the end.  We buried him in the vicinity of the Pullbox, and placed a cross on his grave, and left a disc tied to the cross for identification.  I have already supplied his parents with a full account of the death and burial.

Informant:  L/Cpl Hennessy, F J 2188  D Coy 29th Battn.


"K 26.9.17"

5' 7" fair age 25.

About 3 pm on 26.9.17 Chapman was killed instantly by a shell being much knocked about at Polygon Wood.  I saw his body about 3.30 pm, same day at a pill box.  He would be buried on the field as the dead were being  buried on the field at that time.  Did not see him buried.  I got knocked about 9pm that night.

Informant: Pte J Mills 2716 



Chapman, No 199 Sgt L B

Unit 29 AIF

Casualty K 26.10.18

If Official  Yes

NOK  Mrs J S Chapman

36 Locke St

Essendon, Melbourne

asks for photo

of grave'.


News has been received that Sergeant L. B. Chapman, third son of Captain and Mrs. J. S. Chapman, of 36 Locke street, Essendon, has been killed in action in France.


ROLL OF HONOUR. (1917, October 25). The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 2 Edition: Morning. Retrieved May 25, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74604095


War Service Commemorated

Essendon Gazette Roll of Honour Wounded                

Regimental Register


In Memoriam


CHAPMAN.-In loving memory of our dear son and

brother, Sergeant L. H. Chapman (Ben), 29th

Battalion, who was killed in action, 26th or 27th

September, 1917, at Polygon Wood. (26 Locke

street, Essendon.)

The Argus 26 September 1918



CHAPMAN. -In fond memory of Sergeant L. B.

Chapman (Ben), 29th Battalion, killed In action at

Polygon Wood on the 26th-27th September,

1917. 36 Locke street. Essendon.

The Argus 27 September 1919



No further In Memoriam notices in The Argus to 1921



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