Harley Waldron Chapman

First Name: 
Harley
Middle Name: 
Waldron
Last Name: 
Chapman
Mother's Name: 
Annie Jemina Chapman nee Waldron
Father's Name: 
George Chapman
Date Enlisted: 
Sunday, April 26, 1914
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Lieutenant
Unit: 
36th Battalion
Company: 
B
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Monday, July 16, 1917
Place of Death: 
Flanders, Belgium
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Harley Chapman (Service No 2050) was born in Kiama, N.S.W. in 1887 and attended Kiama Public School.

When Harley enlisted he was single, 28 years old, employed as a bank manager, and lived at Coogee, Sydney.  Harley had served for 3 years with the NSW Lancers and the Light Horse at Coraki, N.S.W.

Before embarkation Harley was promoted to Corporal on 20th June 1916 and then to Sergeant on 8th August 1916.

He embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A68 Anchises with 3rd Reinforcements, on 24th August 1916.  The troops arrived in England on 11th October 1916 and Harley joined B Company, 35th Battalion in France on 21st November 1916.  A capable soldier, Harley was commissioned in France on 7th February 1917 and transferred to B Company, 36th Battalion, on 19th February 1917.  On 24th June 1917 he was further promoted to Lieutenant.

On 16th July 1917 while engaged in the Battle of Messines, Harley was in a dugout when a shell hit and Harley was killed instantly.

Harley is buried in Kandahar Farm Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium; Plot LI, Row C, Grave 33.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, CHAPMAN H W

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