Chapman, Henry Charles Alfred (1905-1944)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Henry Charles Alfred Chapman (1905-1944), born on 22 April 1905 at Seoni, Madhya Pradesh, India, son of Robert Alexander Boswell Chapman, Indian Civil Service, and Constance Ellen Martha Chapman of Seoni, Madhya Pradesh, India.
Lily Hislop of Ewell, Surrey. Lived at Barle Cottage, Dulverton, Somerset.
Attended St Peter's preparatory school, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.
Attended Sherborne School (Lyon House) September 1918-July 1923; 6th form; XXX Blazer.
WW2, Flight-Lieutenant, 514 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR). Killed in action over Stuttgart, Germany, on 29 July 1944, aged 39.
Originally buried in a collective grave at Deinvillers churchyard (Vosges) and reburied at Choloy War Cemetery, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France, Coll. grave 4. A. 18-20 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2319663/chapman,-henr...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Lyon House War Memorial.
Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', December 1945: 'Harry Charles Alfred Chapman, Flying Officer, R.A.F.V.R., was at Sherborne (g) from 1918 to 1922. With a family tradition of service and leadership in India the boy brought to his school life those qualities which later found special expression in the war. He was a Solicitor and was married and had a family and he was really over the age for operations; but he could not be content to remain in charge of boys in the R.A.F. so many of whom went out and never came back. He therefore managed to get taken on as a mid-gunner and he was shot down with his Lancaster over Stuttgart. His was no dash in search of adventure but a conscientious grimly-weighted and quite voluntary facing of a great risk wherein he had so much to lose. In losing it he has gained a very special place among the greathearted men of his day.'