Walter James Chapman

#45043, b. 1879

Individual's Timeline

Birth1879Walter James Chapman
Birth RegDecember 1880Walter James Chapman1

Primary events

  • Birth: Walter James Chapman was born in 1879 in Heckingham, Norfolk, England, Pure guess, as he is styled as 'grandson' to John, not GG. Not supported nor denied by parish records.
  • Birth Reg: Walter's birth was registered in the quarter ended in December 1880 in the Loddon registration district. Yelverton according to army records, Heckingham (workhouse?) from other reocrds.1

Secondary circumstances

  • Note - single: As at 1911 Walter James Chapman had never been married.

Census details

Military Career

Records show that Walter James Chapman served in the armed forces. Walter joined the Royal Garrison in Yarmouth when he was 18 and a half (3rd may 1898). His place of birth was Yelverton. He was not discharged until 1920 when his home address was C/of Mrs DRAKE, Poplar Ave., Little Ellingham.

He spent time overseas in Gibraltar 1898-1901, India 1901-1907, Aden 1907-1908, India 1908-1916, and Middle East-1919.

His NOK was father Walter, living in Acle. This name crossed out and replaced by mother Lucy HURRELL of Crostwick.

I think mother is Lucy A HURRELL found in great Ellingham 1911. Born Yelverton 1861, a married woman, husband not at home. 6 children all named HURRELL aged 8 - 26.

The person who his address on discharge was 'c/of' is Lucy HURRELL who married William Nurse DRAKE, but I have yet to prove that Lusy is a half sister.

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: He is NOT the Walter J With parents Walter and Annie May, nor the Walter J found with widowed mother Harriet in Flegg 1891, as both found as a separate entries in the GRO.


  1. Find my past web sites, online or, Civil Registration event: Birth
    Name:      CHAPMAN, Walter James
    Registration district:      Loddon
    County:      Norfolk
    Year of registration:      1880
    Quarter of registration:      Oct-Nov-Dec
    Mother's maiden name:      Not available before 1911 Q3
    Volume no:      4B
    Page no:      214.