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Has any one come across the name Captain Watson - Chapman or it could be Captain Chapman-Watson

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Has any one come across the name Captain Watson - Chapman or it could be Captain Chapman-Watson

Not your man, but in the CWGC there's this entry:

CHAPMAN-WATSON, WILLIAM

Initials: W

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Quartermaster Serjeant

Regiment/Service: King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

Unit Text: 3rd Bn.

Age: 50

Date of Death: 05/08/1919

Service No: 3/2801

Additional information: (Served as CHAPMAN). Husband of Elizabeth J. Chapman-Watson, of Mount Pleasant, Aspley Guise. Served in the South African Campaign.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Cemetery: ASPLEY GUISE (ST. BOTOLPH) CHURCHYARD EXTENSION

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Not your man, but in the CWGC there's this entry:

CHAPMAN-WATSON, WILLIAM

Initials: W

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Quartermaster Serjeant

Regiment/Service: King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

Unit Text: 3rd Bn.

Age: 50

Date of Death: 05/08/1919

Service No: 3/2801

Additional information: (Served as CHAPMAN). Husband of Elizabeth J. Chapman-Watson, of Mount Pleasant, Aspley Guise. Served in the South African Campaign.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Cemetery: ASPLEY GUISE (ST. BOTOLPH) CHURCHYARD EXTENSION

Thanks Ken for your prompt reply. He is the man I'm looking for I had his rank wrong thanks for all his info. My family surname is Fleet-Chapman and having seen Chapman -Watson on a tomb stone in Aspley Guise churchyard I just wondered who he was and if there could way back in time be some family connection. More family records to go through and several Williams to trace as William is a very popular family name. My family originates from a village a 3miles from Aspley Guise. What a great site this Great War Forum is. There is always some one out there who can solve any query. Thanks again Sylvia

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Not your man, but in the CWGC there's this entry:

CHAPMAN-WATSON, WILLIAM

Initials: W

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Quartermaster Serjeant

Regiment/Service: King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

Unit Text: 3rd Bn.

Age: 50

Date of Death: 05/08/1919

Service No: 3/2801

Additional information: (Served as CHAPMAN). Husband of Elizabeth J. Chapman-Watson, of Mount Pleasant, Aspley Guise. Served in the South African Campaign.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Cemetery: ASPLEY GUISE (ST. BOTOLPH) CHURCHYARD EXTENSION

Hello Ken Have had a few thoughts concerning my man William if he died on active service and is in the GWGC records how come he is buried in Aspley Guise churchyard. Did he die on active service or had he come home injured. Sylvia.

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Hello Ken Have had a few thoughts concerning my man William if he died on active service and is in the GWGC records how come he is buried in Aspley Guise churchyard. Did he die on active service or had he come home injured. Sylvia.

My guess is that he died of war-related injuries/illness after returning home. If there was a local newspaper, it's likely that his passing would have been mentioned and this will probably clarify what the cause was. Perhaps this link will be of use:

http://www.bedfordshire.gov.uk/CommunityAn...cordOffice.aspx

also, this link may be of help:

http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/BDF/

and the village website:

http://www.aspley-guise.org.uk/

It shows that there is a book about the village and it's always possible that William's family is mentioned or discussed in it...

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Sylvia, I don't know if I am covering ground you have already trod in respect of family research, but I had a quick look on Ancestry for you and they show the birth registration entry for this guy as William Chapman Watson not as William Chapman-Watson. It was fairly common in that period for people to be given a second christian name of the surname of the mother and this was often carried on through further generations. (see my signature) Perhaps they just prefered to use it as surname in this case. Quite an elderly soldier so possibly an interesting story behind this man. John

Name: William Chapman Watson

Year of Registration: 1869

Quarter of Registration: Apr-May-Jun

District: Kings Lynn

County: Norfolk

Volume: 4b

Page: 328

And....

Name: William Chapman Watson

Year of Registration: 1885

Quarter of Registration: Oct-Nov-Dec

District: Spalding

County: Lincolnshire

Volume: 7a

Page: 381

PS. William Chapman Watson b.1869. Father William Watson, mother Sophia Watson nee' Chapman married 1868.

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Note the Silver War Badge on the Medal Card, and DISC which I assume means discharged. This would tie in with Ken's assessment.

With best wishes,

David

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Sylvia, are you sure the grave is for QMS William Chapman Watson and not the younger one who could well have been his son. I say this because a marriage took place in Amptill Registration District in 1906 for a William Chapman Watson. I believe this is the one born 1885. John

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