• Duncan Chapman

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    • Lt Duncan Chapman
    • Posted by keithwalsh66, Saturday, 7 March 2015

    Reported to have been the first Australian Soldier to set foot on Turkish soil on the morning of the 25th of April 1915.

    • description of photo in Australian War Memorial.
    • Posted by helenpre, Wednesday, 23 September 2015

    Officers of the 9th Battalion aboard HMAT Omrah (A5). Identified back row, left to right: Lieutenant (Lt) (later Captain) Arthur Cowan Hinton; Lt Joseph William Costin, killed in action, aged 23, at Gallipoli on 25-28 April 1915; unidentified; Lt (later Captain) George Thomas. Third row: Lt Henry Cavendish Harvey, Captain (Capt) Alexander Clifford Vernon Melbourne; Lt P J Boase, Capt Isaac Jackson; Capt (later Major, 50th Battalion) Alfred George Salisbury DSC; Capt (later Lieutenant Colonel) John Alexander Milne, killed in action, aged 46, in France on 12 April 1918; Lt H G Ker; Capt (later Major) John Leaper Fisher, Anzac Provost Corps; Lt (later Major) William McKenzie Young; Major (Maj) Sydney Beresford Robertson, killed in action, aged 29, at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915; one unidentified; Lt William John Rigby, killed in action, aged 23, at Gallipoli on 25-28 April 1915. Second row: Lt (later Maj, 45th Battalion) Duncan Chapman, killed in action at Pozieres on 6 June 1916; Maj William Cavendish Harvey VD; Maj J C Robertson; Lt Col Harry William Lee VD; Capt (later Maj) Thomas Victor Brown, Anzac Provost Corps; Capt A G Butler; Capt (later Maj) John Mitchell Dougall. Front row: Lt Frank Granville Haymen, killed in action at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915; Lt (later Capt) Lancelot Alban Jones; Lt (later Maj) Charles Fortescue MC DSO; Lt Rogers.

    Australian War Memorial
    • Death of Major Duncan Chapman at Battle at Pozieres Heights 5 - 7 August 1916
    • Posted by chisholm, Sunday, 24 April 2016

    'The objective of this assault was the whole of the trenches lost on August 4th. 'They were, however, attacked from the east only, not from the north, and by a much smaller force than that employed by the Australians in their capture. The German bombardment, whether measured by the loss inflicted or by the destruction of the trenches, might well have been deemed adequate, but the counter-attack, though it broke through the Australian centre, never had the least chance of final success. The Australian troops were not attacked on either flank, and, despite its crushing losses, even the centre still strongly resisted. The bombardment, which was heavier than most of the battalions engaged were ever again to experience, had indeed caused shattering loss. In one day and two nights the 48th Battalion had lost, mainly by shell-fire, 20 officers and 578 men, and the 45th south of the road, by shell-fire alone, 5 officers and 340 men. Immediately after entering the line the 45th lost Major D Chapman by shellfire: Lieutenant C McK Draper. with his N C o's around him, was killed soon after..Major Chapman who is believed to have been the first Australian to land at Anzac, was originally in the 9th Battalion He belonged to Brisbane. Q'land. ..Chapter XX – The Last Counter–attack on Pozieres Heights Pages 699-725 First World War Official Histories - Charles Bean Volume III – The Australian Imperial Force in France, 1916 (12th edition, 1941) Australian War Memorial

    • AWM & NAA 26th Bn Research by Gary Parsons
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Monday, 6 March 2017

    Roll of Honour: Duncan Chapman C02496 Rank: Major Unit: 45th Australian Infantry Battalion Service: Australian Army Conflict / Operation: First World War, 1914-1918 Conflict eligibility date:  First World War, 1914-1921 Date of death: 6 August 1916 Place of death: France Cause of death: Killed in action Place of association: Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Cemetery or memorial details: Pozieres British Cemetery Ovillers-La Boisselle, Pozieres, Picardie, France Source: AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army