Arthur Robert CHAPMAN #2989
Indigenous Australian, Arthur (Robert) CHAPMAN, 6th Light Horse Regiment
After training at Armidale, Chapman embarked on board HMAT Katuna from Sydney on 23 November 1916 and was briefly admitted to hospital on his arrival in Egypt.
Chapman spent three months undergoing further training at the 2nd Light Horse Training Regiment after which he joined the 6th Light Horse Regiment.
Promoted to driver, Chapman served with his unit undertaking took long range patrols in Palestine and the Jordan River Valley.
Chapman contracted Malaria in August 1918, a disease commonly contracted by those working in this area. He was hospitalised for several weeks before rejoining his regiment where he remained until the end of hostilities.
Many of the Light Horse Regiments were employed as garrison troops in Egypt after the war during the uprising against British rule, returning home in 1919.
Arthur Chapman returned to live and work in the Hebel area and married Mary Ann Judy in 1923, they had six children. He died in 1955 age 68 and is buried in the Dirranbandi Cemetery.
Read more ...
- SERVICE RECORD: CHAPMAN, Arthur Robert
- EMBARKATION ROLL: 23rd Reinf. 6th Light Horse Regiment
- One of the soldiers featured in SLQ’s HistoryPin Collection
- View the whole Collection: Indigenous enlistment
- Queensland’s Indigenous Servicemen Digital Story and Oral History
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