Chapman, Daniel: Service no. 53212


Digitized Service Record

Source: September 1916 K.I.A.


Summary of Service for Sergeant Daniel Chapman, reg. no. 53212

August 9, 1886BornBorn at Leyton, London, England.
September 30, 1913EmigratesEmigrates to Adrian, Michigan via New York City. He lists his profession as a real estate salesman. His last permanent residence was Windsor, Ontario. He arrived New York on May 18 and has $40 on his person. He can read and write.
October 24, 1914EnlistsEnlists with the 18th Battalion at Windsor, Ontario. He is a 28-year-old salesman. He has 3-years military experience with the Prince of Wales Volunteers. HE lists his father, William Thomas Chapman of 60 Vicarage Road, Leyton, London, England as his next-of-kin. He stands 5’9” tall and lists his faith as the Church of England.
November 20, 1914Confirmed RankConfirmed promotion to rank of sergeant per DO 44 dated December 10, 1914.
April 1914Assigns PayAssigns pay of $10.00 to Mrs. W.J. Chapman residing at 64 Poppleton Road, Leytonstone, London, England. On December 1, 1915, he increases this assignment to $25.00 per month.
April 29, 1915ArrivesArrives Avonmouth, England aboard the SS Grampian to begin service in England. Entrains for West Sandling for training.
June 3, 1915AdmittedAdmitted Moore Barracks Military Hospital for PUO. Reports sore eyes, throat, and a headache of 5-day’s duration. Later determined to be measles.
June 13, 1915Discharged 
July 1, 1915PromotedPromoted to the rank of sergeant.
September 14, 1915Embarks ContinentEmbarks for the Continent and active service as part of the 2nd Division, CEF.
December 8, 1915TransferredTransferred to the Divisional Rest Station suffering from influenza.
December 11, 1915Discharged 
September 15, 1916WoundedWounded during the Battle of Flers-Courcelette with a GSW to face and right shoulder. Sent to No. 2 CFA.
September 16, 1916AdmittedAdmitted to No. 24 General Hospital.
September 22, 1916ReportedReported as “DANGEROUSLY ILL” with the notation that he may be visited.
September 24, 1916Died of WoundsDied of wounds at No. 24 General Hospital, Etaples France. He had GSW wounds to the face and right shoulder. It appears that septic pneumonia was the cause of his death.
On or About September 24, 1916.InterredSergeant Daniel Chapman was interred at Etaples Military Cemetery, plot XVI. D. 12. He is buried along with 17 other members of the 18th Battalion. His epitaph reads: “GOD MOVES IN A MYSTERIOUS WAY. A.M.373 BUT THOU SHALT KNOW HEREAFTER. (ST. JOHN XIII.7)”
September 18, 1921Next-of-Kin Address UpdatedUpdated for Mr. W.F. Chapman’s address now “Oakleigh”, Park Drive, Leigh-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, England. Another card references an address for this person as “Calleigh”, Leigh-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, England.
October 26 and 29, 1921Plaque, Scroll, and Memorial Cross DispatchedDispatched to his father and mother at “Calleigh”, Leigh-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, England.


AWLAbsent Without Leave: Generally, a soldier would be deducted 1-days pay for every day absent. In some cases, the soldier would be confined to barracks. Sometimes it was a combination of both.
A ClassificationMedical Board Classification that determined your fitness for duty. A1, A2, A3 and A4 were assigned to different units with the expectation that these men would be able to serve with active combat units. See this link for more information.
B ClassificationMedical Board Classification that determined your fitness for duty. B1, B2, and B3 were assigned to different service units such as railway and forestry corps. See this link for more information.
D ClassificationSee this link for more information.
CAMCCanadian Army Medical Corp
CBConfined to Barracks: a punishment for minor infractions.
CCDCasualty Convalescent Depot: a depot at a base where men, in their final stages of convalescing, would be prepared for duty depending on their rating.
CCHCasualty Clearing Hospital
CCRCCanadian Corps Reserve Camp
CCSCasualty Clearing Station: this facility was attached to rail transportation from the front to hospitals on the coast of France
CDCCanadian Dispatch Camp
CFACanadian Field Ambulance/Canadian Field Artillery. Most common usage would be Canadian Field Ambulance.
DAHDisorderly Action of the Heart
DRSDivisional Rest Station
GSWGun Shot Wound – this was a generic term for all projectile penetrating wounds.
In the FieldThis term relates to a soldier arriving at an active-duty unit after transporting from England, to France, and then to his duty assignment. The routing varied from soldier to soldier and could take 2-3 days to several months.
MDMilitary District
PUOPyrexia of Unknown Origin: This was a term used for any illness that could not clearly be identified and typically was related to influenza symptoms.
SOSStruck Off Strength
TOSTaken On Strength
CAMCCanadian Army Medical Corp
CCHCasualty Clearing Hospital
CFACanadian Field Ambulance
DRSDivisional Rest Station
GSWGun Shot Wound – this was a generic term for all projectile penetrating wounds.
MDMilitary District
PUOPyrexia of Unknown Origin
SOSStruck Off Strength
TOSTaken On Strength
WORDWestern Ontario Regimental Depot
“Died of Wounds” (Gunshot Wounds Face, Right Shoulder and Septic Pneumonia) at No. 24 General Hospital, Etaples.

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