Chapman, Lieutenant John Ernest

No 3 Sqn AFC

John Chapman came from Bairnsdale, Victoria. He was born on 3 February 1895 and was working as a Blacksmith when he joined the 4th Light Horse in Melbourne on 7 September 1915. After enlistment he departed from Sydney on HMAT A54 Runic on 20 January 1916. Soon after arrival in Egypt, he transferred to the Anzac Cyclist Battalion and then to the 1st Anzac Corps Salvage Section in January 1917, where he was promoted to Corporal and was involved in preparing war trophies for shipment to Australia. After promotion to Sergeant he applied for training as an observer in the AFC and was sent to the RFC Observer’s School at Worcester in early 1918, after which he was commissioned. Promotion to Lieutenant followed in June, when he joined No 3 Sqn as an observer.

He was killed in action on 8 August 1918 when shot down near Mericourt after leaving at 11.05 on a Contact Patrol as the observer in RE 8 C2309 flown by Lt E J Bice, who was also killed. For details of the fight, see the above entry on Lt Bice.

Lt J E Chapman is buried in Grave I I 12 at Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres, France.

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