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Noel Kingsland Chapman

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Noel Kingsland AWMM
  • Surname
    Chapman AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 529144 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    5 December 1909 AWMM BluffSouthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1943 AWMM Vogel St., Woodville AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. M.E. Chapman, Vogel St., Woodville (w) AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 529144 AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    6 April 1944 AWMM
    'On 15 December 1943 B Company, 25 NZ Battalion, was the right forward Company in the successful operation of forming a bridgehead across the road northeast of ORSOGNA, Italy. At about 6 a.m. No 2 Platoon was ordered to contact 23 NZ Battalion on the Company’s right flank. As the Platoon Commander was fully occupied in consolidation Sergeant Chapman crossed open and exposed terrain which was commanded by the enemy and subjected to heavy shell and mortar fire. He crossed from 800 to 1000 yards of unknown ground before contacting the Commanding Officer of the Battalion, who made him conversant with the situation. He then re-crossed the ground to his platoon, from where he was sent to report to Company Headquarters, crossing an additional 660 yards of open ground on which enemy defensive fire was falling. The information brought back was of great value in enabling the Company to consolidate in the area, fulfilling the instructions of protecting the left flank of 5 NZ Brigade. Sergeant Chapman consistently showed coolness, determination and devotion to duty which commanded the respect of all ranks in every action in which he was engaged.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Chapman, Noel Kingsland. (Ref. WO 373/5/439). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Captain N. K. Chapman, MM; Woodville; born Bluff, 5, Dec 1909; picture-theatre proprietor; wounded 15 Mar 1944. (Source: Puttick, E. 25 Battalion. p.359.)

    'During the operation Private L. G. Sinclair, who was in charge of the RAP detachment with the company, organised a party of stretcher-bearers and led them forward to where several wounded men requiring attention were lying on a track 700 yards beyond Company Headquarters. Under particularly heavy fire from mortars and artillery, Sinclair dressed the wounded, showing great coolness and courage, and then had them carried out. He received a well-merited Military Medal. The company's casualties, five killed and nine wounded, were taken back to the standing patrol position where the RAP had been established.

    Sergeant N. K. Chapman was also awarded the Military Medal. After completing the reconnaissance already mentioned, Chapman crossed about 800 yards of unknown ground to find the Commanding Officer of 23 Battalion, who explained the situation. He then reported to B Company headquarters, his information enabling the company to complete its task. Captain N. K. Chapman, MM; Woodville; born Bluff, 5, Dec 1909; picture-theatre proprietor; wounded 15 Mar 1944.
    ' (Source: Puttick, E. 25 Battalion. p. 359.) AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    20 October 1966 Noel Smith Research Project
    Age 57 AWMM
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Sources

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    • 'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.' (London Gazette, 6 April 1944, p.1588.). Military Medal.
      http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36456/supplements/1588
      Further Reference
    • 'On 15 December 1943 B Company, 25 NZ Battalion, was the right forward Company in the successful operation of forming a bridgehead across the road northeast of ORSOGNA, Italy. At about 6 a.m. No 2 Platoon was ordered to contact 23 NZ Battalion on the Company’s right flank. As the Platoon Commander was fully occupied in consolidation Sergeant Chapman crossed open and exposed terrain which was commanded by the enemy and subjected to heavy shell and mortar fire. He crossed from 800 to 1000 yards of unknown ground before contacting the Commanding Officer of the Battalion, who made him conversant with the situation. He then re-crossed the ground to his platoon, from where he was sent to report to Company Headquarters, crossing an additional 660 yards of open ground on which enemy defensive fire was falling. The information brought back was of great value in enabling the Company to consolidate in the area, fulfilling the instructions of protecting the left flank of 5 NZ Brigade. Sergeant Chapman consistently showed coolness, determination and devotion to duty which commanded the respect of all ranks in every action in which he was engaged.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Chapman, Noel Kingsland. (Ref. WO 373/5/439). Military Medal.
      http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=C8889621
      Further Reference
  • Documents
    • Puttick, E. (1960). 25 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.350, 359, 403, 481, 585, 607, 622, 624. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.35 AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith (2020-2021). AWMM

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