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John Stephen Chapman

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Private 71802   machine gun corps (infantry) 53rd coy Kia 11th march 1917.


Formally, Private 22833 Norfolk regiment.


Thiepval Memorial.


Pier and Face 5 C and 12 C.


In 1914, all infantry battalions were equipped with a machine gun section of two guns, which was increased to four in February 1915.


On 2nd September 1915 a definite proposal was made to the war office for the formation of a single special machine gun company per infantry brigade, by withdrawing the guns and gun teams from the battalions.


53rd MG Coy was formed at Grantham Lincolnshire from, Machine gun sections from 8th Bn Norfolk Reg, 8th Bn Suffolk Reg, 10th Bn Essexs Reg and 6th Royal Berkshire Reg.


The 53rd MG Coy disembarked at Le Harve on 9th Feb 1916, and joined the53rd Brigade on 13th Feb 1916 at Ribemont.


He was possibly killed in the action known as the Capture of Irles which started 10th March 1917 in which the 53rd Brigate took part. The village of Irles lies in the somme Picardy area of France.


At the moment can find no other family members, yet his residence is Barney.


May have been born in Foulsham.