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Surname: CHAPMAN

Forename(s): Joseph

Place of Birth: Keighley, Yorkshire

Service No: 18160

Rank: A/Corporal

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Battalion / Unit: 1st Battalion

Division: 16th (Irish) Division

Age: 28

Date of Death: 1918-03-21

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 79 and 80.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: SILSDEN, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Joseph Chapman (born 18 September 1889) was the son of John William and Fanny Chapman, née Jennison. John was born at Bradford, Yorkshire and Fanny at Boston, Lincolnshire. Joseph and Ordinary Seaman John Clark (J/66434) (q.v.) were second cousins.

1891 Keighley, Yorkshire Census: 3, Water Street - Joseph Chapman, aged 1 year, born Keighley, son of Eliza Chapman. [Eliza [sic], a married woman, and her two children, Harry and Joseph, were boarding with Squire and Hannah Granger.]

1901 Silsden, Yorkshire Census: 7, Greenside - Joseph Chapman, aged 11 years, born Keighley, Yorkshire, son of John W. and Fanny Chapman.

Joseph served as Henry Jennison - the name of his older half-brother. The name was corrected by the CWGC on 14 July 2020. Henry Jennison, the half-brother, served a total of 7 years with the 3rd (Reserve) Bn Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) until being: ‘Discharged in consequence of the termination of his 1st period of engagement, 16 August 1915’.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: A/Cpl Henry Jennison, 18160, R. Dub. Fus. Theatre of War first served in: (2b) Balkans. Date of entry therein: 13.5.15. O/i.c. Recs. requests Authority re disposal of medals at 30.11.22.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte (A/C) Henry Jennison, 18160, 1/R.D.F.; 18160, 8/R.D.F.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Henry Jennison alias Joseph Chapman, 18160, 1st Royal Dublin Fus. Date and Place of Death: 21.3.18 France. Pres'd dead. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother and Sole Legatee - Fanny. £19 17s. 7d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: Cpl Henry Jennison, 18160, R. Dublin Fus. Date and cause of death: 23.3.18-3.4.18. Missing. Name(s) on card(s): Dependant: Mrs Fanny Chapman. Relationship: Mother. Deceased. Address: 131, Parker Street, Keighley.

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 16th (Irish) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 16th (Irish) Division

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Forename(s): Henry

Born: Keighley, Yorks

Residence: Keighley, Yorks

Enlisted: Southwark

Number: 18160

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Battalion: 1st Battalion


Died Date: 21/03/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: CHAPMAN

Forename(s): Joseph

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 18160

Rank: Corporal

Regiment: Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Unit: 1st Bn.

Age: 28


Died Date: 21/03/1918

Additional Information: (Served as Henry JENNISON) Son of Mrs. Fannie Chapman, of 2, Greengate, Keighley, Yorks. NB. Please note, you will find this casualty commemorated on the memorial under his alias name JENNISON H.


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10 September 1915


Lance-Corporal Joseph Chapman, of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, a former resident of Silsden, who had been wounded in the operations at the Dardanelles, paid a visit to his native place (Silsden) last week-end. He had been granted leave from hospital for a few days in order that he might see a sister who is ill at his present home in Keighley.

Lance-Corporal Chapman has been a member of His Majesty's Forces for close upon four years, during the whole of which time he has been with the Dublin Fusiliers. He informed our representative that he took part in the early operations at the Dardanelles, landing at Cape Helles on the 25th of April. Fortunately for him they were able to land without encountering very stiff opposition such as was meted out to our troops at other landing places. However, they were very soon drawn up for serious work, when he experienced his baptism of fire from the Turks. When they got about three miles inland they found the Turks concentrated in large forces, and the fighting that took place was of a very stubborn character. He had been in nine bayonet charges, for the trenches had to be taken at the point of the bayonet, and if there was anything the Turks disliked it was facing cold steel. They often showed their temerity when being attacked with the bayonet, and invariably took to their heels.

It was during a bayonet charge on the morning of the 24th of June that Lance-Corporal Chapman received a bullet wound which necessitated his retirement from further activity. The French artillery had been heavily shelling some trenches occupied by the Turks in front of the British lines, when the order was given for the Fusiliers to make a charge. When they landed to the first line trench it was full of dead Turks, as a result of the artillery He was just going over the parapet when a bullet struck him in the back of the neck and came out just below the right ear. He considered himself extremely fortunate not to have been hit before, for with the exception of a slight shrapnel wound sustained in his left arm which he described as a mere nothing, he had been able to steer clear of serious harm prior to the 28th of June.

He was very well treated by the medical fraternity in the case of his wound, and after a short time he was transported to Malta where he was confined to hospital for five weeks, during which time he suffered from enteric fever. From there he was brought to St. Gabriel's College Hospital, at London, where he had been about a week prior to being granted leave to pay a visit to his home. He bears the marks on his neck where the bullet penetrated the flesh, and also where it came out, but the most unfortunate phase of the wound is that a guider must have been severed, as he is unable to use his right arm, which hangs very limp.

He considers they have made excellent progress at the Dardanelles when taking into account the strength of the Turkish Forces. He speaks optimistically about the final result which he hopes will be accomplished before winter sets in. He said that whenever they wanted a bit of music in the trenches they had only to pop a spade over the parapet, and the bullets from the Turkish snipers fairly rattled against the steel.

Lance-Corporal Chapman returned to the hospital at London on Monday.

13 October 1916


Lance-Corporal Joseph Chapman, of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, and a former Silsden resident, has been wounded during the recent offensive on the Western Front. In a letter to his brother he says he sustained a flesh wound by being hit by a bullet, which necessitated his removal to the Base Hospital. He was only confined to hospital for a few days, and is now back in the line again. Whenever he visits home again he hopes that occasion is the termination of the war. Lance-Cor. Chapman was in the midst of several months' fighting in the Dardanelles, being eventually brought to England owing to a severe bullet wound in the arm. During his stay on the Peninsula he participated in no less than nine bayonet charges.


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