Alfred Chaplin (c.1891-1918)

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Alfred Chaplin

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

CHAPLIN, ALFRED. Able Seaman. No J/40505. Royal Navy. HMS Saumarez. Born Hinchliffe Mill, Holmbridge, Holmfirth. Son of Mary Chaplin, Glen Royd, Hinchliffe Mill, Holmbridge. Educated at Field End School and Hall Sunday School. Played with Hinchliffe Mill Brass Band and later with Holme Brass Band. Employed in the twisting department of Messrs J. Greenwood and Sons, Digley Mills. Enlisted in August, 1914, into the Duke of Wellington's Regiment and underwent training in Dorset. He was discharged due to rheumatism and went to work at Yew Tree Mills. On the formation of the Holme Valley Battery, Royal Field Artillery, tried to re-enlist but was turned down on medical grounds. Was finally accepted into the Royal Navy in June, 1915. Was accidentally drowned through the capsizing of the whaler HMS Saumarez on 29.6.1918, aged 26 years. Has no known grave. Commemorated on the PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
His mother received a letter from the Captain of HMS Saumarez who wrote, 'I am very sorry indeed to have to inform you that it is true that your son lost his life through the capsizing of our whaler at about 4pm on the 29th June. The whaler was struck by a sudden squall which took her aback and before the sails could be eased off she capsized and sank. It is believed that your son got entangled in the sails or the gear and was taken down with the boat but we were unable to recover either the boat or his body so I have no certain information on that point. Divers were at work endeavouring to recover the bodies and the boat for five days but after that it was felt it was useless going on searching. His loss is very severely felt in the ship by all his shipmates and I wish to express my most sincere sympathy with you in your loss.'
ROH:- Holme and Holmbridge War Memorial.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

  • Able Seaman ALFRED CHAPLIN
  • regiment: Royal Navy
  • died: Saturday, June 29, 1918
  • age: 26 years
  • record ID: 3045887