Chick met 19-year-old cabaret dancer Pamela Helen Stevenson and fell in love. In 1940 the were married. Although his army of female fans were initially upset they agreed his new bride was incredibly lovely.
During World War II, Chick’s previous work in marine engineering made him valuable to the Royal Navy. He served as an Engine Room Artificer and was remembered fondly by his service colleagues, who loved his sense of humour and how he would always sing for them. Whilst stationed in Canada in 1943 Chick managed to perform on two well-known radio stations and was known as the ‘singing sailor.’
In June 1944, not long after his promotion to sub-lieutenant, Chick was stationed at Southsea. When an air raid warning sounded Chick and his companions made their way to the nearest shelter. There, whilst beginning his descent down the stairs he fell unconscious. He was carried to a hotel but pronounced dead at the scene.
Chick had been hit in the side by a flying piece of shrapnel from British guns stationed close by. He was only 31-years old.
His only daughter Lynda Ann was 2 years old at the time. She has since dedicated her life to collecting her father’s records. She said in an interview that hearing his voice was a way of feeling closer to him.