World War I
George William Chapman

Ewelands Hall Lodge Margaretting
George William Chapman was the son of William and Esther Chapman who lived at Ewelands Hall Lodge, Margaretting, Essex. He was a private in the Royal Marine Light Infantry 1st R.M. Bn R.N.Div service number CH/17841. He was killed 15th November 1916 aged 21, during the Battle for the Ancre which was one of the phases of the Somme campaign.
He is buried in the Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel. The original burials were almost all of the 63rd and 36th Divisions, but after the Armistice the cemetery was greatly enlarged when many more graves from the same battlefields and from smaller burial grounds in the area were brought into it. The majority of those buried in the cemetery died on 1 July, 3 September or 13 November 1916. There are now 2,540 Commonwealth casualties of the First World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. 1,335 of the graves are unidentified, but special memorials commemorate 43 casualties known or believed to be buried among them.
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