Rank Second Lieutenant
Service No Unknown
Date of Death 31/07/1917
Age 19
Regiment/Service Rifle Brigade 5th Battalion. Attached 3rd Battalion.
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Laurence was born on 27th November 1897 to Albert James, sometimes listed as Herbert, (1868-1936) and Alice Chapman, nee Warburton (1867-1927). He was christened in Crouch Hill Presbyterian Church, in the London Borough of Islington, on 30th January 1898. Laurence’s father was a photographer as well as a manufacturer of photographic equipment, and he and his wife had one other child, Kathleen (1904-1998).

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family were living at 77, Uplands Road, Hornsey, London, and in 1911 they were living at Houghton, Athenaeum Road, Whetstone, some 3.5 miles from St Luke's Finchley. An examination of the St Luke's monthly magazines reveals that Laurence's father was a sidesman of the church.

On 1st December 1914, Laurence enlisted at 130 Bunhill Row, London EC1, as a private in the 5th London Regiment, giving his address as the family home in Whetstone. He received his commission as an officer in the Rifle Brigade on 27th March 1917, only to be killed in action 4 months later.

The September 1917 monthly magazine of St Luke’s Finchley lists Lawrence’s death in the Roll of Honour, saying he was ‘the only son of Mr and Mrs A. J. Chapman of ‘Homedale’, Hendon Lane and who have been for the past few years’ members of our congregation. We can assure the parents of our heartfelt sympathy’.