James (Jim) Frederick Chapman

Jim in uniform in India aged 29

Jim in uniform in India aged 29

Date of birth: 22nd April 1915
Place of birth: London
Date of marriage: 1940
Place of marriage: Not known
Service No.: 7045652
Rank: Lance Sergeant
Regiment: West Yorkshires (Prince of Wales Own)
Battalion: 2nd
Died: 15th May 1945 aged 30 years
Death location: Insert data


Life before the War

Jim was born in London, his parents were William John and Mary Ann.

Jim, Ethel and Jimmy

Jim, Ethel and Jimmy

In 1940 he married Ethel Beatrice Cocklin and they had one son James (Jimmy).

At the time of Jim’s death Ethel and Jimmy were living at 9 Drove Road, Sholing.


Service History

Lance Sergeant Jim Chapman was killed in an action against the Japanese at a village called Letpanthonbin in Burma and is at rest in Rangoon War Cemetery. An entry from the regimental war diary detailing the action can be read on the A Soldier’s Journey blog (link given below).

The blog for Jim Chapman was created by his nephew, Len Payne.  In his blog Len recalls being with his Aunt Ethel when she found the telegram informing her of Jim’s death on her doormat.

Also included are many photos of Jim at home with his family, in his uniform and with his platoon, some of which we are able to reproduce here with Len’s kind permission, as well as documents relating to his service.


Select this link http://payne928.blogspot.ca/2013/09/a-soldiers-journey.html to read Jim Chapman’s story, it is a wonderful poignant and fitting tribute to a young husband and father who courageously gave his life.


Researcher: Len Payne, Nephew of Jim Chapman
Published: 28th April 2015
Updated: 25th October 2016

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One response to “James (Jim) Frederick Chapman

  1. Len Payne

    Jim was born 22 April 1915 in London and was married to Ethel December 1939 at West Ham, London

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