No. 2027589, 1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment
Killed in action on Thursday 17 August 1944 (aged 30)
Banneville-La-Campagne War Cemetery, Calvados, France (Grave IV. E. 23)
In the CWGC Debt of Honour website it is recorded that Lance Sergeant Ronald Chapman (No. 2027589) was a son of William and Elizabeth Chapman and the husband of Violet Chapman of Holywood, Co. Down.
Ronald Chapman’s birth was registered in the third quarter of 1914 in London and he was a son of William Thomas and Elizabeth Chapman (nee Harragan). William Chapman worked as a carpenter and cellar-man in a tavern and he and Elizabeth Harragan were married on 23 December 1894 in St. Thomas’s Church of England Church, Bethnal Green, Middlesex.
During the Second World War Lance Sergeant Ronald Chapman (No. 2027589) served with the 1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment and he and Violet Moore were married on 25 November 1940 in Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip and St James). Ronald Chapman (aged 25), a Drummer in the 1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment, from Bethnal Green, London was a son of William Chapman, a carpenter. Violet Moore (aged 21), ‘at service’, and from 15 The Strand, Holywood was a daughter of Samuel Moore, a shipwright.
Lance Sergeant Ronald Chapman (No. 2027589) was 30 when he was killed on 17 August 1944. After the Normandy landings in June 1944 and the taking of Caen in July 1944 the Allied forces thrust southwards to close the Falaise Gap – a corridor of land that the Germans sought to maintain to allow their escape. The Battle of the Falaise Pocket was fought from 12 to 21 August 1944 and it was on 17 August that the German Forces began to withdraw.
Lance Sergeant Ronald Chapman (No. 2027589) was buried in Banneville-La-Campagne War Cemetery, Calvados, France and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:
HE LIVETH IN OUR HEARTS
BELOVED AND UNFORGOTTEN