Queen’s South Africa, 7 bars, Belmont, Modder River, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Diamond Hill, Belfast, Johannesburg, 5700 Private E. Chapman, R.M.L.I., HMS Doris.
Officially impressed, large lettering style to the Navy.
Only 33 Medals issued entitled to 7 bars, 8 of which were from the Royal Marines. Only 5 men earned the maximum 8 bars.
Private Edgar Chapman was born on 9th February 1878 in Devon, an Errand Boy, enlisting with the Royal Marines Plymouth Division on 24th march 1892, aged 14 standing 4 Foot 10 Inches tall.
He joined HMS Doris on 18th November 1897, serving throughout the Boer War with the Naval Detachment from HMS Doris, he originally landed with the Naval Brigade in South Africa on 20th October 1899 serving there until the end of May 1901.
He continued his Naval Career serving on HMS Impregnable from 19th march 1913 until 8th June 1916 serving with HMS Bandit for the remainder of World War 1.
After a very long naval career he joined the R.F.R. on 16th February 1919, being discharged to the Coast guards on 1st August 1919.
With copy service papers.