In Memory of


 Lance Corporal 1591

1st/15th Battalion London Regiment (Prince of Wales Own Civil Service Rifles)

who died on Sunday, 25th September 1915.

Age 22.


Personal Information

Son of Alfred Henry and Alice Chapman of Virginia House, Church Lane, Leytonstone. The family moved regularly as Alfred was employed by Great Eastern Railway as a Stationmaster – by 1917 he was Stationmaster at Ingatestone.

Alfred Chapman was Stationmaster at Rayne Station in 1911, at which time Douglas was living in Rayne and employed as a Civil Service Boy Clerk.

Douglas was born in Hornchurch in October 1892. He enlisted in London.

Douglas had four younger brothers, Harold, who was invalided out of the Army, Sydney (who was killed in 1917 but by then not living in Rayne), Herbert and Claude. There was also an older sister Dorothy and a younger sister Muriel.

At the end of the War the Register of Personal Effects showed monies were paid to Alfred which amounted to £7 17s 7d.

Memorial: Grave Reference/ Panel Number: Location:

 On Loos Memorial

The Loos Memorial forms the sides and back of Dud Corner Cemetery. Loos-en-Gohelle is a village 5 kilometres north-west of Lens, and Dud Corner Cemetery is located about 1 kilometre west of the village, to the north-east of the D943, the main Lens to Bethune road. Douglas is commemorated on panel 132.


Theatre of War:

Battle of Loos