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Charles Wallace Chapman

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Charles Wallace Chapman was born in Lancaster in 1897 and educated at the Royal Lancaster Grammar School.

Apprenticed to the Vickers engineering company at Barrow-in-Furness.

WWI Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and employed on anti-submarine projects.

After the war he studied at the University of Liverpool and was awarded an M.Sc. in engineering.

1920s Was personal assistant to Ernest Petter, the Chairman of Petters

1929 Meets with Frank Perkins and later they form Perkins. Chapman is responsible for the designs of their diesel engines.

1942 November. Chapman resigned as a director of F. Perkins Ltd and devoted his energies to the war work.

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