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William Henry Chapman (1888 - 1934)

William Henry Chapman
Born in Ashcott, Somerset, England, United Kingdommap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1913 in Wells, Somerset, England, United Kingdommap
Descendants descendants
Father of , , , , , , , [private son (1920s - unknown)] and [private daughter (1930s - unknown)]
Died in Ashcott, Somerset, England, United Kingdommap
Profile last modified | Created 24 Jun 2017 | Last significant change: 4 Apr 2021
17:02: Steph (Obrien) Meredith edited the Biography for William Henry Chapman (1888-1934). [Thank Steph for this]
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William Chapman served in the British Army in World War I
Service started: 31 Jul 1915
Unit(s): Royal Field Artillery
Service ended: 13 Aug 1918



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William Chapman was born in Somerset, England.
This profile is part of the Chapman Name Study.

William was born in 1888.[1] He was the son of George Chapman Anna Beard.

He was living with his parents and siblings at Stagman Lane, Ashcott, Somerset, England and he was attending school in 1891.[2]

He was still living with his parents and siblings at Sharpham, Somerset, England and he was working as a Yardman on farm in 1901.[3]

He married Augusta Witcombe in Wells, Somerset, England in 1913.[4] He was the father of nine children.

He joined the Royal Field Artillery in 331st Brigade East Lancashire in 1915[5] and he was still in the Royal Field Artillery but as a driver in 1918.

He committed suicide at Fullpits Lane, Ashcott, Somerset, England in 1934.[6]


  1. "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch ( : 1 October 2014), William Henry Chapman, 1888; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Bridgwater, Somerset, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
  2. "England and Wales Census, 1891," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 1 April 2016), William H Chapman in household of George Chapman, Ashcott, Somerset, England; from "1891 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Somerset county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
  3. "England and Wales Census, 1901," database, FamilySearch ( : 8 April 2016), William Chapman in household of George Chapman, Sharpham, Somersetshire, England; from "1901 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing Glastonbury subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
  4. "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2014), William H Chapman and null, 1913; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing 1913, quarter 1, vol. 5C, p. 920, Wells, Somerset, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
  5. "United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 23 March 2015), William Henry Chapman, 1915; citing , Royal Field Artillery, regiment #706557, publication WO 364, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 7,266,200.
  6. "England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007," database, FamilySearch ( : 4 September 2014), William H Chapman, 1934; from "England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Death, Bridgwater, Somerset, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.


  • Military 1918:

William Henry Surname: Chapman Age: 29 Incident Details: Shell shock Information: Particulars Furnished: Woolwich, 10/08/1918. Rank: Driver Service Number: 706557 Service From Date: 31/07/1915 Service To Date: 13/08/1918 Silver War Badge Number: 440132 War Office Ref. Number: RA/2221

Research Notes


Somerset double tragedy
  • Double Shooting Tragedy in Somerset Wives' Evidence at Inquest The inquest on William Thomas Granville, 54, icensee of the Ring of Bells Inn, and William Henry Chapman, 47, labourer, both of Ashcott, near Bridgwater, who were found shot in a field on Monday was held at Ashcott, yesterday, when the jury returned a verdict that Chapman wilfully murdered Granville and then committed suicide while of unsound mind. The wives of the men gave evidence. Mrs. Mary Granville said that her husband went out on Monday evening to see some stock in a field. Shortly before Christmas Chapman, who was a man of violent temper, was refused drink the inn because he was quarrelsome with the customers. On that occasion he attempted to strike her husband, but witness prevented" him. He did not visit the inn afterwards. She thought Chapman had animosity against her husband, arid she heard him say to her husband when he told Chapman to keep away from the inn, "I will have you yet. "


Like a Man crazy
  • . Mrs. Chapman said her husband went out Monday evening, stating that he was going -to shoot bird and that he would not be long. He was in the habit of bringing home birds at all times. Witness had been worried about her husband's state of health recently. He had been strange in his manner, and since the war, in which was wounded, he was for ever talking of the war and was at times like man crazy. Witness asserted that her husband had grievance against Granville and that he had not worried because he had been told to keep away from the inn. A brother of Chapman stated that Chapman had fits of depression and was madheaded at times. Dr. George Forden gave evidence that Chapman was morose and a man of temper, and, speaking of examining the bodies where they were found, he stated that the shot which killed Granville was fired from distance of five or six yards. A farmer who heard two shots fired said that three minutes elapsed between them. Police evidence was that Chapman must have been in a crouching position when he fired at himself.

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GRO birth reg.: CHAPMAN, WILLIAM HENRY ; Mother: BEARD  ;

GRO Reference: 1888 March Quarter in BRIDGWATER Volume 05C Page 381

posted by Joe Farler

Rejected matches › Henry Francis Chapman (1889-1951)