Don Chapman

Photograph of Don Chapman

Had several relatives, uncles and aunts, in uniform for WW2. My father was a Captain in Royal Engineers, a great uncle and two uncles in RN, aunt was a sergeant in ATS, three uncles in the army and one in the R.A.F. Lost two uncles, one in Tunisia in 1943 and another, who had survived Dunkirk, died soon after the war on return from the Middle East. Was grateful for site photos for both those uncles - prompting me to volunteer photography services here in Toronto, where many Canadian service personnel are buried. Personally, born 1935 near Croydon, Surrey. Spent the WW2 years living in the centre of the aerodrome triangle of Kenley, Biggin Hill and Croydon so experienced plenty of noisy action - Battle of Britain, Blitz and Doodlebugs (sirens, ackack guns, shrapnel, air raid shelters, barrage balloons, unexploded bombs, bomb craters, near misses etc.). Have lived in Surrey, Cheshire, Hampshire and Sussex before moving to Canada in 1966, where have lived in Montreal, Newfoundland, Calgary and now Toronto. Career was 10 years with P&O as a Radio Officer and then 30 years with IBM.


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