Private Charles Stirling Chapman, (3260) 20th (County of London) Battalion (Blackheath and Woolwich), London Regiment was killed on the 15th September 1916, aged 18. On the day that he died the 20th London Batallion was involved in an attack at High Wood on the Somme. Following his death his officer wrote: “He died swiftly and without any pain or lingering..He was a cheerful and willing worker and died bravely doing his duty”.
On the 8th December 1916 The Kentish Mercury published his photograph under the heading:“Catford Privates Killed – Private C S Chapman, London Regiment, Killed in action on September 15th, after being at the front for 14 months, had his home at 85 Sandhurst Road, Catford. He joined when only 16. He attended Sandhurst-road Council School”.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.
The third son of John and Louisa Chapman he lived at 85 Sandhurst Road, Catford. He attended Sandhurst-road Council School and prior to the war he worked at the Maypole Dairy, Catford.
Contributed By: Kevin Loughnane
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