CHAPMAN, Kenneth Harold

Rank: 
Private
Unit/Base: 
3 Commando
Regiment/Corps: 
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Service: 
Army
Number: 
5958297
P.O.W. number: 
80064
Honours & Awards: 
Private Kenneth Chapman was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during operations at Termoli, Italy, between the 3rd and 6th October 1943 [1][2].
Recommendation
"During the operations at Termoli between 3rd and 6th October '43 in the second attack on D+2 a trooper of this Unit was badly wounded in the leg.
Pte. Chapman in the other weapon pit immediately went to his assistance although he was exposed to fierce enfilade from MG. He applied a tourniquet which involved kneeling in the open for a considerable time.
He then reported the casualty and went to find a stretcher. Owing to the disorganisation he was unable to do this, but he returned with two medical orderlies. The wounded man was then carried back on a blanket, Chapman assisted. All this coming and going was done under intense M.G. and shell fire and Chapman showed a disregard of danger in the interests of his comrade's welfare which is in the highest tradition of the Commando" [2].
  • 7 June 1944 Normandy, France, reported missing later found to be a prisoner of war [3][4].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 36349, page 519.
[2] National Archives file WO 373/4/313.
[3] Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/78 and WO417/80.
[4] Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
 

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