Harry died on 24 October 1998, aged 80.

Cpl H Chapman
Cpl H Chapman

He enlisted at Eastbourne in November 1936, having worked as a master chef in London. He joined the 4th Queen’s Own Hussars, then stationed at Aldershot.

He transferred to the 8th King’s Royal Irish Hussars in January 1938, who was then stationed at Abbassia Barracks, Cairo. His speciality was radio, taking his first trade test in December 1938.

He enjoyed the sporting and recreational facilities available in Cairo and was a well-known character in the Regiment.

In November 1940 he was posted back to England and joined the 13th/18th Hussars at Northampton. He embarked for India in June 1942, arriving in October. He was employed at the RAC School Puna. He transferred to the Royal Signals in August 1943. He served with the Long Range Jungle Unit (Chindits) in Burma, became ill and was hospitalised in Assam and Calcutta.

He also served in Malaya with the 34 Indian Corps. In November 1943 he returned to the UK, taking his discharge in May 1946.

He returned to work as a chef in London but then went to South Africa for four years, during which time he went on an expedition to the Antarctic. On his return to the UK in the 1950s, he returned to Eastbourne, still working as a chef. While working part-time in a local restaurant, he met Joyce. They were married in 1965.

Harry started from scratch his own stamp shop and specialised in Swiss stamps. He enjoyed his cricket, first playing and, later, umpiring. He and Joyce joined the Eastbourne Chamber Chorus and Orchestra and sang with them for many years. He had a lovely bass voice.

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