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We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
James Alfred Chapman

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Date of birth: 13th September 1900
Place of birth: Alverstoke, Hampshire, England
Parents: George and Alice Chapman
Wife: Mary Chapman
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Commissioned Gunner
Joined Hood: 18th December 1939
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Commissioned Gunner)
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Biographical Information:

James born on 13th September 1900 in Alverstoke, Hampshire to parents George and Alice Chapman. He is known to have had a sister named Gladys.

He attended The Royal Hospital School, Holbrook from May 1912 to February 1916. He entered the Navy as a rating (service number J49819)and was trained at H.M.S. Ganges His specialty was gunnery. He later became a commissioned officer. He was the husband of Mary Chapman, of Fareham, Hampshire. They are not believed to have had any children.

James was 40 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and ratings held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
3rd February 19162nd July 1916GangesBoy 2nd ClassADM188/746
3rd July 191623rd November 1916GangesBoy 1st ClassADM188/746
24th November 191618th January 1917Victory IBoy 1st ClassADM188/746
19th January 191712th June 1918RenownBoy 1st ClassADM188/746
13th June 191827th November 1918RenownOrdinary SeamanADM188/746
28th November 191827th June 1920RenownAble SeamanADM188/746
28th June 192020th October 1920RenownLeading SeamanADM188/746
21st October 192016th November 1920Victory ILeading SeamanADM188/746
17th November 19204th August 1921Dido (Tuscan)Leading SeamanADM188/746
5th August 192131st January 1922Victory ILeading SeamanADM188/746
1st February 192223rd July 1923Diligence (Sparrowhawk)Leading SeamanADM188/746
24th July 192320th September 1923Victory II (Sparrowhawk)Leading SeamanADM188/746
21st September 19235th October 1923Victory ILeading SeamanADM188/746
6th October 192323rd January 1925ExcellentLeading SeamanADM188/746
24th January 19257th October 1925CuracoaLeading SeamanADM188/746
8th October 19256th January 1926CuracoaActing Petty OfficerADM188/746
7th January 19267th October 1926ExcellentActing Petty OfficerADM188/746
8th October 192630th June 1928ExcellentPetty OfficerADM188/746
1st July 192815th July 1928Excellent
16th July 19287th October 1928Excellent
Developmental Course at RN Barracks followed by (N) course at (N) school
8th October 192831st January 1929Excellent
additional for
Director officer course
February 192922nd September 1931Enterprise
for DF & [illegible] on recommissioning
16th March 19325th January 1933Concord
for DF duties
6th January 19331st April 1935St. Vincent
vice Foster
on recommissioning
15th March 193830th June 1938Dolphin
vice Edwards
1st July 193817th December 1939DolphinCommissioned GunnerADM196/161
18th December 193924th May 1941Hood
vice Varlow
Commissioned GunnerADM196/161

Additional Photos

Hood Chapel, Church of St. John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

The part of the memorial in which the Hood casualty names can be found.
(Panels 45 to 61)

James's name is in Column 3 of Panel 45.

Detail of James's name.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Navy List
Monty Callow, Alumni Relations Officer, The Royal Hospital School (information, November 2016)
The National Archives (ADM 188/746)
His niece, Diana Brock (photo & information, January 2008 & February 2009)
His niece, Suzanne Chaplin (photo & information, February 2016)