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Lieutenant Duncan CHAPMAN, a 26 year old Paymaster from Whytecliffe, Albion, Queensland. He enlisted with the AIF on 21 August 1914 and was allotted to the 9th Battalion, C Company which embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A5 Omrah on 24 September 1914. During the Great War, CHAPMAN was Killed in Action 6 August 1916, during the Pozieres, France.
Barrier Miner, Monday, 8 January 1934, p. 3.
First Man On Shore
Further interesting light is shed on the controversy, as to who was the first man ashore at Gallipoli on the memorable landing of April 26, 1915, by a letter written by the late Major D. K. Chapman (then a captain in the 9th Battalion) to his brother, Mr. Fred Chapman, of Bankstown.
Dr. C. E. W. Bean, in his supplementary, preface to the official history of the war, named Lieutenant Duncan Chapman as the first man to land. Rival claims were submitted and the question was debated through the columns of a newspaper.
In the letter written "In the Trenches, Gallipoli, July 8, 1915" Lieutenant Chapman says:
"The landing of our troops you no doubt have read about, as full accounts, have appeared in all the papers. I happened to be in the first boat that reached the shore, and being in the bow at the time, I was the first man to get ashore. I was one of the covering party who had been chosen to go ahead, and, as our boats sneaked on in the early morning light, many of us wondered who would be, the first to go."
Subsequently, Chapman went to France with tho 46th Battalion, and was a major in that unit when he was killed on August 5, 1916, at Pozieres.
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