Charles Manners Sutton Chapman

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Lieutenant Charles Manners Sutton Chapman, D.S.C.*, R.N. (11 August, 1889 – 9 June, 1919) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

After passing out of Britannia in January, 1906, Chapman served in the armoured cruiser Berwick, the pre-dreadnought Queen, as well as H.M.S. Electra and Prince of Wales before going to Mercury for submarine instruction in January, 1911.

He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 August, 1911.

In September 1912, he damaged the engines of D 6 and was cautioned to be more careful in future.

From the outbreak of the war through the end of 1915, Chapman served in submarines of Eighth Submarine Flotilla as it operated in Home and Atlantic Waters, being on the books of depot ship Maidstone. In particular, he was in E 9 under Lt. Cdr. Max Kennedy Horton, but it is not clear what portion of that time this was so.

He commanded the coastal submarine C 30 for the first quarter of 1916, and then served in J 6 as first lieutenant once again to Lt. Cdr. Horton, remaining there until February, 1917.

Chapman commanded G 11 from 26 February 1917 until being placed in command of L 55 on 25 September, 1918.

Chapman died when L 55 was sunk off Kronstadt during operations against Bolshevik forces in mid-1919.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Allan Poland
Captain of H.M.S. C 30
1 Jan, 1916 – 1 Apr, 1916
Succeeded by
Walter A. C. Dickson
Preceded by
Andrew Wilmot-Smith
Captain of H.M.S. G 11
26 Feb, 1917 – 25 Sep, 1918
Succeeded by
Charles G. N. Graham
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. L 55
25 Sep, 1918 – 9 Jun, 1919[1]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost


  1. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 149. The day of month is wrongly recorded as 4 there.