Capturing Cambridge
  • search
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
Frederick H R Chapman

(11) St Matthew’s Street

History of 11 St Matthew's Street

approx. position


Miss Ann Schooling


Frederick H R Chapman, b 1901, storekeeper admiralty radio

Grace, b 1905

During WWII Frederick served with the Anti Aircraft Home Guard. One of the weapons he manned was the 3-inch projector Rocket on Coldhams Common.

A A rockets Coldham’s Common

This rocket launcher was officially known as a mobile Z battery. They were not especially effective and were given to the Home Guard. Whilst the oldest age for operating anti-aircraft guns was 40 because of the weight of the ammunition, those up to 60 were allowed to operate the rocket launchers.

Rocket launcher being loaded

Z battery




Do you have any information about the people or places in this article? If so, then please let us know using the Contact page or by emailing

Dear Visitor,


Thank you for exploring historical Cambridgeshire! We hope you enjoy your visit.


Did you know that we are a small, independent Museum and that we rely on donations from people like you to survive?


If you love Capturing Cambridge, and you are able to, we’d appreciate your support today.


Every donation makes a world of difference.


Thank you,

The Museum of Cambridge