Eddie Chapman

Eddie Chapman

Birth
Sunderland, Metropolitan Borough of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England
Death 11 Dec 1997 (aged 83)
St Albans, St Albans District, Hertfordshire, England
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, Specifically: Ashes given to family.
Memorial ID 67287152 · View Source
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Eddie Chapman was born - Arnold Edward Chapman in Sunderland England. He did serve in the Coldstream Guards, but spent some time in the glasshouse, he was eventually thrown out.
He became a safe-breaker using explosives he stole from quarries. He then blew safes- up and down the country and was arrested a number of times.
Whilst in jail in Jersey in the Channel Island, during the German invasion - he offered to help the Germans with his considerable skill with explosives. Stating he could blow up any target they could name...and he was a resourceful person, who could carry out any type of mission.
The Germans decided to use Chapman and he was parachuted into England - he promptly went to the nearest Police Station and gave himself up. He asked to speak to MI5- he then informed the intelligence service about the Germans and how they planed to use him.
He now became a double agent for MI5 - his task was to feed the Germans false information supplied to him by MI5. He was good at this and was awarded the Iron Cross (The Only British Subject to receive this award.)
He was allowed to keep any money the Germans paid him and he was told by MI5 that any outstanding prison terms against him, would be cancelled.
He was useful in sending the Germans false information about the VI and V2 rockets. He informed the Germans, the destruction was far greater than it actually was, and exaggerated the death toll very considerably. He also directed the aim of the rockets to rural areas.
He led a colourful life after the war - but was never used by MI5 again, he was not very discreet about his income during the war telling a number of his former criminal friends.
His book..The Eddie Chapman Story was published in 1953. A film based on the book called..Triple Cross was made in 1967.
FAMOUS EVENT: Baron Stefan von Grunen who was the German Intelligence Chief who was Eddie's controller. He attended the wedding of Eddie Chapman's daughter after the war.
Other Books:
Zig-Zag - The Incredible Wartime Exploits of Double Agent Eddie Chapman. By Nicholas Booth.
Agent Zig-Zag: The Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman,Lover,Betrayer,Hero,Spy. By Ben Macintyre.


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  • Created by: Paul Monaghan
  • Added: 22 Mar 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 67287152
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eddie Chapman (16 Nov 1914–11 Dec 1997), Find a Grave Memorial no. 67287152, ; Maintained by Paul Monaghan (contributor 47155457) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, who reports a Ashes given to family..