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TREVOR STANLEY CHAPPELL


Gunner Trevor Stanley Chappell, Royal Artillery.

Died 1942, aged 29.


Trevor was born in Caerwent and started school at Caerwent school. At an early age the family moved to a small village in Herefordshire called Garway Hill and he continued school there with brother Raymond and sister Hazel. Altogether there were 4 boys and 2 girls.


The family stayed at Garway for about four years and then returned to Caerwent and lived at the Rodge Farm. Trevor returned to Caerwent school and stayed there until leaving age. He helped out on the farm for a year or so. The family then moved to Crossways near Portskewett. Trevor helped his father who worked for a hay and straw merchant at Newport called Alban Thomas.


He was a real sports fan and played a lot of school football and later played for Caldicot White Hart Team. He also liked most other sports. He was very interested in motor cycles and loved to ride his father’s Norton (unknown to his father of course).

Trevor was a very good dancer and used to go miles to dance halls round about. He was very fond of music and played a harmonica very well. He was a great pal of Vincent Hillier.


Trevor met a very nice young lady from Caldicot named Nora Rexworthy and later became engaged to her.

When his mother died in 1933 Trevor took it very badly and decided to join the army. He was drafted to India in 1934 and stayed there for 5 years. He was about to come home as war was declared. He was sent to the middle east and eventually stationed in Crete where he was driving a loaded ammunition lorry which received a direct hit and Trevor was killed instantly.


He has no known grave and we have not checked out the Cretan War Memorials. A considerable number of relatives still live in or near Caerwent.





JN December from Joseph Chappell (brother) October 1997