Norman Frederick Chapman as lieutenant, 3rd Field Company, 1st Division AIF France, 1917-1918, interviewed by Brian Butler

Place Europe: France
Accession Number S00466
Collection type Sound
Measurement 1 hr 14 min
Object type Oral history
Physical description 1/4 inch sound tape reel; Racal-Zonal; 7 1/2 ips/19 cm.s; two track mono
Maker Chapman, Norman Frederick
Butler, Bryan
Australian War Memorial
Date made 22 November 1988
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
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Mr Chapman discusses: Childhood and Prewar employment as a surveyor, enlisting in 1916 and joining 3rd Field Company, 1st Division in May 1917, life on the ship on the way to England, training and being sent to France, going into action and involvement in reconnaissance near the Passchendaele, reaction to large number of casualties and men coming into contact with mustard gas, Hill 60; low temperatures during winter, going to the Somme, 1st Battalion saving Hazebrouck, Australians helping Americans near the Hindenberg Line, working long hours in the field during the day and then drawing plans at night under fire at times, reflections on the war, postwar employment, economic depression, interrogation of German Prisoner for information about 5 inch gun.