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Remembered Today:

6th Inniskilling Dragoons 9th August 1918

Tony Lund

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John William Chapman was married and lived at Lower Hagg, Thongsbridge, and was employed as a teamer for Henry Mitchell & Sons. He died on 9th August 1918 after action with the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons.

In a letter to Private Chapman’s wife a Lieutenant wrote:

“Luckily my Squadron Sergeant Major and I were near when it happened, and I think we were able to make his last moments more comfortable. He was hit by a piece of shell. When we got to him he was just conscious, but did not speak. We lifted him to a shelter near at hand, but on reaching there he was unconscious, and passed away a few minutes later. The doctor was with him very soon after he was hit, and he told me he would have suffered no pain, being unconscious. Your husband had only recently joined us, and I cannot tell you how grieved we all are to lose such a cheery, fine comrade.”

Another letter from the from the Chaplain says: “Allow me to express my sincere sympathy with you in your loss, and my respectful admiration for a gallant soldier who has given his life for his country. He received his wounds in a very gallant and successful cavalry action, and, as far as I have been able to ascertain, died on his way to hospital without much suffering at all. I am sorry to lose him, as I am particularly fond of these lads.”

There is no known grave.

It sounds like he may have died on the same day he was wounded. Was this a well known action by any chance? Any information or the location will be most welcome.



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I have sent three pages from the War Diary WO95/1155 covering the period around 9 August 1918.


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