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15 Jan 1886
He was the son of William and Jenny Chaplin, of Nottingham (CWGC). The Royal Navy notified Arthur's sister, Amy, of 58 Oxberry Avenue, Fulham, London, of her brother's death.
He was a pony driver/coal miner when he joined the Royal Navy in May 1905 on a 12 year engagement (5 years with the Fleet, 7 years in the Royal Fleet Reserve). He transferred to the Royal Fleet Reserve on 19 May 1910 and was mobilized before the outbreak of war, joining his ship on 13 July 1914.
01 Nov 1914
2870819 - CWGC Website
Stoker 1st Class
HMS Good Hope Royal Navy
(R.F.R.Po.B.3573.) (Po). Arthur joined the Royal Navy on 18 May 1905 on a 12 year engagement (5 years with the Fleet, 7 years in Reserve). He served in the following ships and shore establishments: HMS Nelson, 18 May 1905-20 October 1905 (Stoker 2nd Class), Victory II, 21 October 1905-4 November 1905; HMS Grafton, 5 November 1905-26 August 1906 (Stoker, 1 April 1906, Stoker 1st Class, 1 July 1906); HMS Gladiator, 27 August 1906-14 September 1906; HMS Proserpine, 15 September 1906-21 September 1908; HMS Sappho, 22 September 1908-30 October 1908; HMS Victory, 31 October 1908-12 December 1908; HMS Dryad, 13 December 1908-17 May 1910, Victory II, 18 May 1910-18 May 1910. He transferred to the Royal Fleet Reserve, Portsmouth (B3573) on 19 May 1910. He was mobilized shortly before the outbreak of war and joined HMS Good Hope on 13 July 1914. His Naval record was annotated, ‘NP2788/14. DD [Discharged Dead] 1 November 1914. Lost when HMS Good Hope was sunk in action off Chilean Coast.’ HMS Good Hope was lost with all hands at the Battle of Coronel. Arthur's body was not recovered for burial and he is commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire. HMS Good Hope was a Drake Class Armoured Cruiser. When completed the Drake Class Armoured Cruisers were among the fastest ships in the world; they were good steamers and very economical in service. HMS Good Hope was originally to be named HMS Africa but as HMS Good Hope became the flagship of Rear Admiral Cradock of the South American station during August 1914. Sunk by gunfire on 1st November 1914 by the German armoured cruisers SMS Scharnhorst and SMS Gneisenau off the Chilean Coast during the Battle of Coronel.
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