Old Photos of Witham

M112: Portrait of Harry Chaplin, who died in the First World War

Harry Chaplin. First World War soldier from Witham (holding cap). Born in Witham and residing at 38 Bridge Street. Enlisted Colchester. In uniform as 82132 Royal Army Medical Corps. Subsequently transferred to the 18th London Regiment (London Irish), with which he was killed in action in Holy Land, 19 February 1918, aged 22. Interred Jerusalem War Cemetery (information from Ian Hook, Essex Regiment Museum). Brother of Cyril in photo M111. Another brother, Louis George, was killed in France 2 May 1918, aged 25. The back of the card has written in pencil ‘To Amy With Love From Your Brother Harry’. There were twelve children in the Chaplin family altogether; they lived in Maltings Lane, and their father, Harry the elder, worked for the Luard family at Witham Lodge. During the war their mother, Caroline, helped the Red Cross at the Bridge Hospital; she died in 1920 at the age of 60 (see photos M108 and M109). Mrs Farren, who gave me the photo, is Caroline’s granddaughter.

RefM112
PhotographerThe Cooper Studio, Terminus Road, Eastbourne
Date taken1916
SourceFarren, Edna
Posted on Full size 2080 × 3299

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