26 September 1915 L/Cpl Harold Chapin was killed in action on this day

1802 L/Cpl Harold Chapin, 1/6th London Field Ambulance, RAMC.

Born in Brooklyn, New York on 15 February 1886, Harold was an American citizen who has become regarded as an 'English' actor and playwright. Working extensively as an actor, director and stage manager both in the UK and the USA, he was associated with some of the biggest names of the theatre of the era.

He enlisted into the Royal Army Medical Corps (TF) at Chelsea on 2 September 1914, and he arrived on the Western Front on 16 March 1915 where he first saw action as a stretcher-bearer in May. Harold was killed in action at Loos on 26 September 1915 during a counter-attack (initially hit by machine gun fire in the foot, then shot through the head). He has no known grave and is thus commemorated on the Loos Memorial to the Missing.

26 September 1915 killed in action

Research by David O'Mara