Colonel Chaplin won the Victoria Cross whilst serving in the 67th regiment at the Taku Forts in 1860. He was an ensign carrying the Queen's Colour and managed to plant it in the breach that was attacked by a storming party. He then planted the Colour on the bastion of the fort, which he was the first to mount. He was severely wounded.
He was born on 23rd July 1840 in Ewhurst Park, Hampshire. After serving in the infantry he was given command of the 8th Hussars in 1879 until 1881 and retired as a Colonel. He died at the age of 80 in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, on 19th August 1920.
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