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TitleRonald Arthur Chatters - Essex Regiment
AbstractWW2 Memorial Profiles for West Mersea

RONALD ARTHUR CHATTERS
Private 6016380
2/5th Bn, Essex Regiment Essex Regiment
Died 9 February 1940 age 21 in Colchester Military Hospital. He had reported sick with a chill.
Buried in Barfield Road Cemetery, West Mersea, Grave 929.
Attended West Mersea School
Commemorated on West Mersea War Memorial and on plaque in West Mersea School

Ronald Arthur Chatters, Barfield Road Cemetery

Ronald Arthur Chatters grave in Barfield Road Cemetery, West Mersea

Ronald was the eldest son of Percy Arthur and Lillian Annie Chatters of Sapphire Cottage, St. Peter's Road, West Mersea. Another son was also serving with the Essex Regiment.
He was billeted in Colchester, had reported sick with a chill, and died a few days later.

Essex County Standard 9 February 1945
CHATTERS - in ever loving memory of our dear son and brother Ronnie who died on active service on Feb 9, 1940.
We have only a memory that will never fade
Of one we loved, but could not save.

Inserted by family, Sapphire Villa, West Mersea

West Mersea School around 1926. Ron is 5th from the left in the back row.

Ron's parents and brother are in this 1948 picture of the wedding of his brother Norman to Betty Beedon.
From left: 4. Percy Arthur Chatters (father), 5. Norman Chatters (brother), 7. Betty Chatters (Norman's wife), 9. Lily Ann Chatters (mother).

Sapphire Cottage is now 51 St Peter's Road. It is named after HMS SAPPHIRE on which Percy Chatters served in WW1.

With thanks to:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Roger Bullen
Carolyn Fox

SourceMersea Museum
IDWW2_RAC
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Title: Impression of Great Reservoir Scheme
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Colchester Gazette

Date:12 December 1934
Source:Mersea Museum / Joyce Golding
 Ronald Arthur Chatters
 West Mersea - correspondent Mrs Reeve, Captains Road
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Military Funeral. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon of Pte. Ronald Arthur Chatters, who died in Colchester Military Hospital on Friday, Feb. 9, after an illness lasting only a few days. The deceased, with many other Mersea lads, had joined up in the Essex Regiment and had been billeted in Colchester. His death, so very sudden, has come as a great shock to his parents and many relatives in West Mersea. aged 21, he was the eldest son of Mr & Mrs Percy Chatters of Sapphire Cottage, St. Peter's Road, and another son is serving in the same regiment.
 The coffin, which was covered with the Union Jack, surmounted by many beautiful wreaths, was borne on a gun-carriage to the Parish Church, where it was met by the vicar (Rev. C. Pierrepont Edwards, M.C.) and the Chaplain to the Forces (Capt. the Rev. E.G. Moreton). Brother soldiers formed a guard of honour as the cortege entered the church. At the graveside a firing squad was in attendance and fired a volley, and at the conclusion the appealing notes of The Last Post were sounded. The immediate mourners were his father (Mr Percy Chatters), brother, two sisters and other near relatives. Mrs Chatters was unable to be present owing to illness. 
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Title: Ronald Arthur Chatters
West Mersea - correspondent Mrs Reeve, Captains Road

Military Funeral. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon of Pte. Ronald Arthur Chatters, who died in Colchester Military Hospital on Friday, Feb. 9, after an illness lasting only a few days. The deceased, with many other Mersea lads, had joined up in the Essex Regiment and had been billeted in Colchester. His death, so very sudden, has come as a great shock to his parents and many relatives in West Mersea. aged 21, he was the eldest son of Mr & Mrs Percy Chatters of Sapphire Cottage, St. Peter's Road, and another son is serving in the same regiment.
The coffin, which was covered with the Union Jack, surmounted by many beautiful wreaths, was borne on a gun-carriage to the Parish Church, where it was met by the vicar (Rev. C. Pierrepont Edwards, M.C.) and the Chaplain to the Forces (Capt. the Rev. E.G. Moreton). Brother soldiers formed a guard of honour as the cortege entered the church. At the graveside a firing squad was in attendance and fired a volley, and at the conclusion the appealing notes of "The Last Post" were sounded. The immediate mourners were his father (Mr Percy Chatters), brother, two sisters and other near relatives. Mrs Chatters was unable to be present owing to illness.
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Date:2 February 1940
Source:Mersea Museum / Roger Bullen Collection
 Ronald Arthur Chatters
</p><p>Young Soldier's Death
 West Mersea Lad Dies at Colchester.
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The death of a young soldier, pte. Ronald Arthur Chatters (21), occurred at Colchester on Friday, February 9. Chattes, whose home address was Sapphire Villa, st. Peter's Road, West Mersea, had previously reported sick with, it was thought, a chill.
</p><p>The facts were reported to the Colchester Borough Deputy Coroner (Mr O. Thomspon Smith), who deemed an inquest unecesssary.
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Title: Ronald Arthur Chatters

Young Soldier's Death
West Mersea Lad Dies at Colchester.

The death of a young soldier, pte. Ronald Arthur Chatters (21), occurred at Colchester on Friday, February 9. Chattes, whose home address was Sapphire Villa, st. Peter's Road, West Mersea, had previously reported sick with, it was thought, a chill.

The facts were reported to the Colchester Borough Deputy Coroner (Mr O. Thomspon Smith), who deemed an inquest unecesssary.

Date:17 February 1940
Source:Mersea Museum / Roger Bullen
 Ronald Arthur Chatters grave in Barfield Road Cemetery, West Mersea
</p><p>6016380 Private
 R.A. Chatters
 The Essex Regiment
 9th February 1940 Age 21.
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Title: Ronald Arthur Chatters grave in Barfield Road Cemetery, West Mersea

6016380 Private
R.A. Chatters
The Essex Regiment
9th February 1940 Age 21.

Date:9 February 1940
Source:Mersea Museum / Roger Bullen Collection