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Don Chapman


Somerset LI, SCLI, 1st LI, Sgt on retirement.


My Service Life

June 1949 enlisted to the Somerset LI at Bordon, Hants. as a band boy under Bandmaster 'Dinty' Moore. 1952-53 Pupils course at RMSM Kneller Hall. Then to Malaya to rejoin Battalion. Involved with Battalion Swimming and Water Polo which continued throughout my service with the SCLI and 1LI. I seem to remember Nelson Bassett as part of the team. I received the LS&GC medal from Field Marshall Lord Harding on the formation of The Light Infantry. Retirement came later that year on reduction of establishment.

On retirement I worked for 10 years as Sales Manager in Radio and TV trade, in 1978 my wife and I took up a position as Senior Resident Caretakers at Sutton High School forGirls, where we stayed until I had to take early retirement following a serious shoulder injury, returning to my family home in Clevedon. Somerset. We downsized in 2006 to a small bungalow nearby where we are to this day.


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WO's and Sgts Mess Gibraltar
WO's and Sgts Mess Berlin
Band &Bugles Main Street Gib
Band & Bugles Gib

Mounting Guard at Convent Square Gibraltar
Beeg Smith & Opus Tune
Bugle Major Ray Smith
Bill Bailey, David Wastie & Tom Bradley
BM. Peter Parkes, Puddle , Opus & Taffy
Don Chapman
- - Pete Smyth
Don Chapman, Bill Bailey & David Wastie
Don Chapman & Room Mates, includes Mike Dyer, Ebling, and Graham (Milly) Miles
Eddie, Keith, Tom & a bevvy of Beauties
Donald at Singapore 1953
Gerry Hill
Who are these officers ?????
George Gillard, Gordon Flowers & Donald Chapman, Trafalgar Square 1950's
Clobber Cleaves
HMT Empire Test
Early army days

Margaret & Don Chapman at WSM
Jack Cook Bugles
Jack Cook & Gerry Hill
Jean & Charlie Feather - RSM Ken Bartlett
LCpl Alan Collins Mercer Barracks Osnabruck
Gordon Besford
Don at Gravesend
Mess Dinner - Mitzi, Gerry, Shirley , Don & Dog Steane
Military Tattoo at Arnhem
SCLI Band at Voss
Who is this Officer ?
Paddy Padfield & ?
Paddy Padfield & Don Chapman
Paul Clements
Pete Spurrs Funeral KL Malaya 1954
Pete Spurrs Grave Kuala Lumpur Malaya 1954
Puddle Poole
RSM Jan Passmore and Gwen
Yanto Kemp and SCLI Band
SCLI Band & Bugles at Weston Super Mare
SCLI Band & Bugles in Paris 1961
SCLI Band & Bugles Osnabruck 1961
SCLI Band & Bugles Paris 1961
SCLI Band under BM Parkes
SCLI Band in Concert Berlin
SCLI Band in Concert Berlin
SCLI Band Playing out
SCLI Band, Wells Cathedral Lawn
B.M. Peter Parkes & SCLI Band
SCLI Band at Arnhem Cemetery
SCLI Bugler - what is his name ?


SCLI in Mufti
Band Ready for the 'Off'
SCLI Small Dance Band
Som L.I. Band @ Plymouth
Somerset L I Dance Band
Somerset LI Band and Bugles return from Malaya
Somerset LI Dance Band Malaya 1954
Taffy & Opus
Terry & Virginia Jury's wedding
Band & Bugles SCLI at Osnabruck
Trevor Hosking & Tom Bradley
Tom Bradley Eddie Brown & Keith Savage
Tom, Eddie & Don
Trudi Bourne, Shirley Chapman, Mavis Poole, Pat Tune & Jan Passmore - in the rear Paddy Padfield and Stan Templeman
Bandmaster Moore - Somerset LI
Band at Play
Army Days - Malaya - Don & Frank
SCLI Band at Voss
War Graves at Arnhem
War Graves at Arnhem


Copyright: Don Chapman

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