James Arthur CHAPMAN
Rank: Private
Number: 292598
Unit: 7th Battalion BLACK WATCH
Date of Death: 30 January 1918
Age: 21
Cemetery: Christ Church, Woodford, Cheshire

Arthur was the younger son of James Pearson Chapman and Lizzie Chapman, Market Square, Bramhall. James was the village butcher. The 1901 Census shows the family to be living at 638 Stockport Road, Rusholme

His service number is one issued sometime after the beginning of 1917. All soldiers who served overseas had an entitlement to medals. Records at the National Archives have been examined and it has not been possible to find any trace of Arthur. It is reasonable to conclude, therefore, that he had probably not been in the army for long when he died and was probably still undergoing training. Most unusually, he had enlisted in Dunkeld, Perthshire. It's not known if he was working in the area or had travelled specifically to enlist.

It is known that he died, of pneumonia, whilst at Netley Military Hospital, near Southampton. His body was brought home on 2 February and was buried on the 5th, after a service at the Wesleyan Chapel. The Stockport Advertiser, in its edition of 8 February reported that his coffin was taken in an "open funeral car completely enveloped with flowers". There were no military tributes to Arthur, who was reported to be the first from Bramhall to be buried at home.

(Updated: February 2008)

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