Corporal Charles Henry Robert Chapman

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Thank you to Wendy Shuttleworth for the following research.

Charles Henry Robert Chapman was born on the 29th June 1885 in Chelsea, London and baptised on the 26th July 1885 at  St. Peter’s Church, Cranley Gardens Chelsea. He was the son of Arthur Charles, a painter and Alice Eliza. They lived at 51 Arthur Street (now Dovehouse Street) in Chelsea.

In the 1891 Census, the family has now moved to Dorking and are living at 53 Dene Street Dorking. Charles’ father is listed as working as a house decorator and 6 year old Charles is at school.

In the 1901 Census Charles is still living in Dorking but now living with his grandmother and uncle at 27 Dene Street. He is working as an assistant butcher.

Charles enlisted in Guildford into the 6th Battalion of the Royal West Surrey Regiment, number G/7608.

He was killed in action on 9th April 1917 in France. His body was never found and Charles is commemorated on the Arras Memorial in Pas de Calais, Bay 2. At the time of his death Charles was a Corporal. 

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At the time of Charles’ death Arthur and Alice were living at 2 Harrowgate Gardens, Dorking.

Born Chelsea, London
Lived Dorking, Surrey
Son of Arthur Charles and Alice Eliza of Dene Street, Dorking
Regiment 6th Battalion. Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment
Number G/7608
Date of Death 9th April 1917
Place of Death France
Cause of Death Killed in action
Age 32
Memorial Arras Memorial, France