Thursday, December 14, 2017

Leslie Arthur Chapple

badgeaifww1Serial Number and Rank: 3415, Private
born: 1893 Leichardt Sydney
Enlisted: 7 July 1915
Next of Kin: Brother. B J F Chappel who was serving in Egypt at the time of enlistment
1915 Occupation: Fisherman, Burrill Lake
Service: 20th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement and 45th Battalion. RTA: 31 October 1917
Death: 1975 Sydney
Marriage: Rose Ellen King of Kings Point, 1918 Marrickville
Honour Rolls: Congregational Church
RSL Honour Roll
Milton Town Memorial
Yatte Yattah Honor Roll

Stan Cork wrote home in March 1917 from England saying he had seen Les Chapple, the lad that was hurt so badly at Bawley Point Sawmill one time. He has been in hospital in England for some time.

So who was Leslie Arthur Chappel, he was born 1893 at Leichardt in Sydney. He had been apprenticed to F Curtis at Yatte Yattah for 5 years.  When Les enlisted in October 1915, he was a fisherman of Burrill Lake. He was 22 years old and only 5’ 3” tall.

Leslie was assigned to the 20th Battalion, embarking for overseas service December 20, 1915 aboard HMAT Aeneas A60. His war records show the confusion of his misspelt name as Chappel.

In February 1916 he was transferred to the 54th Battalion whilst in Egypt. Whilst fighting in France he was accidentally injured with a broken ankle and fracture to his tibia in November 1916. After a long recovery in England he returned to Australia in October 1917 and was medically discharged still with a fractured left tibia in January 1918.

He returned home to Ulladulla and married his sweetheart Rose King of Kings Point at Dulwich Hill in Sydney in September 1918, where they eventually settled and raised their family. Rose was the only daughter of the late George King of Kings Point and Ulladulla.

Leslie name is listed is listed on many of our local WW1 memorials:  Milton Ulladulla, RSL Honour Roll Milton Town Memorial, Milton Congregational Church and Yatte Yattah community honour roll.

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