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Ernest Charles Chapman

In memory of:

Private Ernest Charles Chapman

October 31, 1917

Military Service


Service Number:

135450

Age:

32

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)

Division:

102nd Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

November 23, 1884
London, United Kingdom

Enlistment:

July 22, 1915
Toronto, Ontario

Son of Harry Pledge and Susan (nee Puryer)Chapman of Illford Essex, United Kingdom.

Commemorated on Page 215 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Panel 18 - 24 - 26 - 30

Location:


The Menin Gate Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town of Ypres (now Ieper) in the Province of West Flanders, on the road to Menin and Courtrai. It bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres Salient in the First World War. Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and erected by the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission, it consists of a Hall of Memory", 36.6 metres long by 20.1 metres wide. In the centre are broad staircases leading to the ramparts which overlook the moat, and to pillared loggias which run the whole length of the structure. On the inner walls of the Hall, on the side of the staircases and on the walls of the loggias, panels of Portland stone bear the names of the dead, inscribed by regiment and corps. Carved in stone above the central arch are the words:


TO THE ARMIES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE WHO STOOD HERE FROM 1914 TO 1918 AND TO THOSE OF THEIR DEAD WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE.

Over the two staircases leading from the main Hall is the inscription:

HERE ARE RECORDED NAMES OF OFFICERS AND MEN WHO FELL IN YPRES SALIENT BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED THE KNOWN AND HONOURED BURIAL GIVEN TO THEIR COMRADES IN DEATH.

The dead are remembered to this day in a simple ceremony that takes place every evening at 8:00 p.m. All traffic through the gateway in either direction is halted, and two buglers (on special occasions four) move to the centre of the Hall and sound the Last Post. Two silver trumpets for use in the ceremony are a gift to the Ypres Last Post Committee by an officer of the Royal Canadian Artillery, who served with the 10th Battery, of St. Catharines, Ontario, in Ypres in April 1915."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Toronto Star. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Inscription– Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens.
  • Press Clipping– Pte. Ernest Charles Chapman enlisted in Toronto on July 22nd, 1915.
  • Photo of Ernest Charles Chapman– Photo taken around 1915
He joined up in Toronto July 22,1915
He was the son of Harry Pledge and Susan (nee Puryer)Chapman of Illford Essex. He was killed in action in France and is buried at Zonnebeke.
Arrived in Bramshott England on 9 Apr 1916 on the Empress of Britain
Embarked for France 11 8 16. He was awarded the good conduct badge
In his letters he states he was in the signal corp.

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