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Chapman, Ronald Arthur

Croydon Airman Missing. Took Part In Big Raid On Germany

News has just been received that Sgt. Observer Ronald Arthur Chapman, of Croydon has been reported missing. He took part in one of the biggest raids on Germany, when more than a thousand bombers were sent over. Aged 28, Sgt. Observer Chapman is married, his wife living at Cherry Hill-gardens, Waddon. He is the only son of Mt. and Mrs. S. Chapman, of St. John’ s-road, Croydon.

He was educated at Selhurst Grammar School and King’ s College, and before volunteering for the Royal Air Force was employed in the Civil Service. Members of the Old Croydonians, for whom he played rugger, and the Parish Church Young Communicants’ Club, to which he belonged, have heard the news with great regret.

Sgt. Observer Chapman was married two years ago at St. Mary’ s Church, Beddington, and for a time lived at Park Hill-court, Croydon. Both his parents and his wife’ s have resided in the district for many years. Mrs. Chapman would be grateful to any reader who could give her information regarding the safety of her husband, if they would write to 15, Cherry Hill-gardens. Croydon Times, 29 August 1942


First name(s)Ronald Arthur
Date of birth25 May 1914
Family details

Son of Sidney, a domestic chauffeur, and Mary Chapman, of Croydon, Surrey; husband of Rose Eva Annie Chapman.

Previous educationSelhurst Grammar School
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1933-4
Dept / courseLaw

LL.B. Hons

Military unitRoyal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
Date of death26/06/1942
Age at death28
Rank at deathSgt. Observer
Burial placeAmbt-Delden General Cemetery, The Netherlands
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel; Croydon Roll of Honour

Note on student record: Killed over Holland 26/6/1942


King’ s College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; Croydon Times; 1911 Census

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