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My Grandad Samuel Chapman

My Grandad Samuel Chapman

What I’ve discovered of the Grandad I never met

Samuel CHAPMAN born 1890 joined the Imperial Yeomanry Volunteer Force on 09/07/1907 Service No 117782
Discharged 30/03/1908

Re- enlisted into Territorial Army of The Liverpool King’s Regt 4th Btn on 01/04/1908 Service No. 265015

Married in 23/11/1910 at St Mary’s Kirkdale – Margaret Ann O’ Malley.

They lived at 25 Willard Street, off Hawthorne Rd.

Moved higher up the Street near the Church to 47 Elizabeth Road.

Went to France on 07/03/1915 to 20/04/1915 – Leaving a son, Sam Jnr, born 1911 and daughter, Edith, born 1913.

He then again went off to France 16/07/1916 to March 1919, with the 7th Btn Liverpool Kings Service Number 265015.

Was awarded the Military Medal as Lance Corp (Orrell) and Gazetted in the London Gazette Supplement of 4th January 1918 page 833  presumably for action at Passchendaele in Nov 1917 when with the 7th Btn of the Liverpool King’s.

From 25/08/1919 to 25/07/1920 he was in Egypt and the Sudan with Gen. Allenby.

Returned to Civvies as an Ashphalter Roadman for Penmaenmawr Limmer & Trinidad on Hawthorne Rd, now site of the Melrose Social Club.

Went on to have 10 children in all.

21/05/1921 transferred to Manchester Regt Army Reserve, Service Number 3759803

Re- enlisted 05/02/1940 transferred to No 16 POW camp then on 22/07/1943 to No. 2 POW Camp (Glen Mill POW Camp Oldham where was Company Quarter Master Sergeant in the Pioneer Corps)

On 16/09/1943 he died of a heart attack quietly while sitting in the Mess at Glen Mill Prisoner Of War Camp Oldham, having just returned from leave at 13 Park Lane Orrell Liverpool, having just been seen off at Lime Street Station by my Dad, 18 yr old Sidney.

He had a Military Funeral at Bootle Cemetery and has a Commonwealth War Grave Headstone maintained by them.

He had a mention in the Walton Times a week later under Local Funerals.

A copy of which I was able to get up on screen on microfilm at Liverpool Archive Library 70 years later in Sept 2013 and take a photo of it with my mobile phone.

What would he have ever thought of that!

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