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George Martin Chapman

Portrait of Captain George Martin Chapman. Image sourced from Imperial War Museums' 'Bond of Sacrifice' collection. ©IWM HU 119796

Portrait of Captain George Martin Chapman. Image sourced from Imperial War Museums' 'Bond of Sacrifi …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    George Martin AWMM
  • Surname
    Chapman AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    26 March 1887 AWMM DunedinOtago AWMM
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  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Hon Mr Justice F R Chapman, Wellington AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 11 September 1914 AWMM Surgeon/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 Attached to 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen's Bays) AWMM
    Captain/Military AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • From Commonwealth War Graves Commission: "Second son of the Hon. Frederick Revans Chapman, Judge of the Supreme Court of New Zealand, and Clara Jane Chapman, his wife. M.B. (Cambs.), M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. (Lond.). Educated at Waitaki Boys' High School, Otago University, Caius College, Cambridge, and the London Hospital where he filled successively all the offices of the Junior Medical Staff. Gained his Blue for football and half Blue for boxing at Cambridge. Joined the R.A.M.C. at outbreak of War" AWMM
    • CHAPMAN, Lieut, RAMC - Reference was made in the Dunedin press on Monday to an act of heroism by a British soldier at Boulogne recently. It was stated that in a south-westerly gale the Antoine Germaine, a Dunkirk fishing smack, with a crew of four, was trying to reach the harbour when it was driven into the surf about 200 yards from the beach. Three of the crew swam ashore but the skipper aged 63, who could not swim, remained on board. The old skipper afterwards jumped into the sea, apparently in the hope of being driven ashore but was soon in difficulties through the heavy waves breaking over him. Seeing this, Lieutenant Chapman, R.A.M.C., stripped to the waist and, taking a lifeline, swam out, with extraordinary strength, through the breakers and reached the drowning man and both were quickly pulled ashore. On reading of this, the Hon. Jas. Allen concluded that the paragraph referred to a son of Mr Justice Chapman and he telegraphed that gentleman congratulations on the plucky action of his son. Mr Allen received a message in reply: "Many thanks for message. Paragraph referred to George, who is engaged in hospital at Boulogne, unless he is now at front." [AWN 04.02.1915] P.33 Public - Christine - Researcher - 24 July 2021 - Auckland Weekly News
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About death

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  • Death
    13 May 1915 AWMM
    Age 28 AWMM
    YpresBelgium AWMM
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  • Cemetery
    Potijze Chateau Grounds Cememtery AWMM Plot I. A. 12 AWMM
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    Pat Clarkson Medical Practitioner Research Project (January 2014 - March 2022). This project identified Medical Practioners who served in WWI. AWMM


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24 July 2021ChristineTe PukeResearcher

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