Reggie was the 4th of the 5 children of William and Mary Chapman (formerly Bronson). 


Reggie's Birth Cert:




Reggie's marriage Cert:


Rank or Profession: Company Quarter Master, Sergeant 20th London Regiment (dental manufacturing clerk) -

--2nd Marriage of Irene Berta: ...she was married 8 months, widowed 15 months - and on 7th Dec 1918 she married Edwin George Arnold at Lambeth Register Office - another soldier! At least he wouldn't be returning to the battlefield - I suppose they would have know that for sure, 4 days later was Armistice Day. Both were 24---


Reggie's Death Cert:


 Note that on both these his age is given as older than he really was: Reggie was born on 6 July 1897 so at his death on 16 August 1917 he was just 1 month over 20, not 21 as given on his death cert.


Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects:

Records of what the UK government owed to the next of kin upon a soldier's death.

A War Gratuity of  £13 was paid to his widow on 21/11/19. '"To Whom Authorised : Wid. Irene B"

£13 in 1919 is approximately equivalent to £680 in 2017 (


(Source Citation: National Army Museum; Chelsea, London, England; Soldiers' Effects Records, 1901-60; NAM Accession Number: 1991-02-333; Record Number Ranges: 557501-559000; Reference: 323: Description: Register Numbers : 557501-559000 : Source Information: UK, Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.: Original data: Soldiers' Effects Records, 1901–60. National Army Museum, Chelsea, London, England. : Source Description : These records of what the UK government owed to the next of kin upon a soldier's death include next of kin.)



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