John Henry Chaplin (1883-1916)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.


John Henry Chaplin was the son of stone saw yard labourer Harry Chaplin and his wife Mary Ann.

The 1891 Census recorded his name as "Henry" but by 1901 he was named as "Harry", which is the name also recorded on local War Memorials.

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, JOHN HENRY. Private. No 153151. 43rd Battalion Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment). Born Hinchliffe Mill in 1883. Son of Harry and Mary Ann Chaplin, 131 Woodhead Road, Hinchliffe Mill, Holmfirth. Before emigrating to Canada, in 1908, was a firer at Messrs W. H. and J. Barbers at Clarence Mills, Holmbridge. Married. Enlisted at the outbreak of the war. Was wounded in the head in April, 1915, near Ypres. Returned to the trenches six weeks later. Reported missing, presumed killed, 8.10.1916, aged 33 years. Buried REGINA TRENCH CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 1, Row D, Grave 23.
ROH:- Holme and Holmbridge War Memorial.
Brother of Private HERBERT CHAPLIN who died of wounds, 27.8.1916.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

  • regiment: Canadian Infantry
  • died: Sunday, October 8, 1916
  • age: 33 years
  • record ID: 234615