CHAPMAN, Wesley Joshua
N103899, Private, 7th Garrison Battalion, AIF
b. 02.02.1890 Ardrossan, SA
d. 01.04.1943 Sunshine Coast, Qld.
Next of Kin: Stella Chapman.
Parents: Joshua Parker Chapman and Emily Jane Webb.
Worked as a bookkeeper in Sydney was no real preparation for war. Despite this, Wesley signed up for service with the Australian Forces on 14th February 1917 for the period of the war plus four months thereafter. Less than six months later, after completing his training, Wesley left Australia on 2nd August 1917 bound for England via a short stop in Glasgow.
He was assigned to the 28th Reinforcement Field Artillery 1-5 Division but within two weeks of arriving in England, Chapman was in hospital with mumps.
After this short delay, Chapman left England from Southhampton bound for France. Unfortunately, while in France he suffered a casualty which prevented him from returning to fighting on the front line. He was promoted to Temporary Sergeant and worked for the war effort in the Pay Corps as a Pay Sergeant.
On 8th February 1919, Chapman was promoted to temporary Sergeant and in September 1919 Wesley returned to Australia and was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
Wesley enlisted again in WW2. Enlisted: 23.06.1941 North Sydney, NSW.
Records don’t reveal why he was on the Sunshine Coast at the time of his death. He was probably stationed in the area with his unit and died of an illness while here on active duty.
Wesley Joshua Chapman is buried in the official War Graves section of Woombye Cemetery. His name can be found on the Roll of Honour in Sydney, NSW, (which roll has not been specified) and also on Commemorative Area panel 77 in the at the Australian War Memorial.
Source: National Archives of Australia; AWM147 Roll of Honour cards, 1939-1945 War, 2nd AIF (Australian Imperial Force) and CMF (Citizen Military Force)
From the Genealogy Sunshine Coast publication
“AND THEIR NAMES SHALL LIVE FOREVER…”
REMEMBERING MILITARY PERSONNEL IN THE OLD MAROOCHY SHIRE CEMETERIES – BOOK 1, WOOMBYE
Wesley is not included in the Adopt a Digger database as he falls outside our criteria of living in the district before 1925. He is included in this gallery as he has lived in the district later in his life and is commemorated on the Sunshine Coast. Importantly, as a WW1 digger he still deserves to be recognised and commemorated by our project.