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World War One

John George Chapman Maddams

DIED OF WOUNDS - 10 OCTOBER 1916 - AGED 19


22nd Battalion

The above photo is thought to have been taken in the summer of 1916 and shows the men of the 22nd Battalion and their Jack Russell mascot.

 

BORN IN CLOPHILL IN 1897.

PRIVATE 7545. 22ND BATTALION LONDON (COUNTY OF LONDON) (THE QUEEN'S) REGIMENT. (FORMERLY 4650. 3/12TH LONDON REGIMENT)

ENLISTED IN .

COMMEMORATED IN DERNANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, SOMME, FRANCE, and ST MARY'S CHURCH, CLOPHILL.

 

In 1911 John George (known as George) lived with his parents, John and Maria at Brickwall Farm, Kiln Lane. His father was a farmer and George was still at school. He had 5 siblings and they were all still at home. An ancestor through an Aunt's marriage was Thomas Chapman, Premier of Tasmania, serving in the Tasmanian government until 1884. George left for France in July 1916.


In the autumn of 1916 the 22nd Battalion as part of the 142nd Brigade fought on the Somme in The Battle of Flers-Courcelette capturing High Wood, The Battle of the Transloy Ridges (1st to 9th October) in which they captured Eaucourt l'Abbaye and the attacks on the Butte de Warlencourt on the 7th to 8th October.

Maddams Plaque

Plaque in St. Mary's church, Clophill.

The Ampthill News reported in October 1916:- "The sympathy of the village goes out to Mr. and Mrs. John Maddams in the loss of their oldest son, Pte. George Maddams, who has been killed in action in France."

"Pte. Maddams was an O.B.G., and since leaving school has been learning farming with his father. He was a good sportsman, and took a keen interest in cricket and other outdoor games. He is the fourth Clophill man who has paid the supreme sacrifice for the country."

And 2 weeks later- "In the Parish Church on Sunday evening a memorial service was held for the thee Clophill men who have lately fallen in the service of their country. They are Srgt. Arthur Huckle and Private Percy Eddy, both of the Bedford Regiment, and Private George Maddams. The Rev. Geo. J.S. Sherrell preached from I. Thessalonians iv, 13. At the close of the service the organist played the Dead march in Saul, the large congregation standing the whole while."