James Chandler


James Chandler


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Lance Corporal
Military Police Corps
Military Foot Police attd Second Army.

Awards: Service Medals/Honour Awards

1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial: Name/Reference/Country

IX. E. 20.

Headstone Inscription


UK & Other Memorials

Northchurch Village Memorial,
St Mary’s Church Window, Northchurch

Pre War

James was born 1894 in Alton Hants to George Chandler, a Gardener, and Fanny (nee Poulter).

The family came to live in Northchurch. In the 1911 James is a Gardener. He had 3 brothers and 4 sisters. In 1917 he married Elizabeth Sarah Baxter.

Wartime Service

James enlisted in Territorial Army on 10 Sep 1915 Sept and was posted to Eastern mounted Brigade Field Ambulance as Private 2070 on 6 Jun 1916.

He had signed for Foreign Service and was posted to Med Expeditionary Force 30 Nov 1915 and was invalided to UK on 18 Feb 1916 for Illness, being in Hospital in Edinburgh until Apr 1917.

He went to France on 3 Jan 1917. James transferred to Military Foot Police on 6 May 1917. On 3 Aug 1917 he was back in UK having been gassed on 30 Jul 1917. By the 3 Feb 1918 he was back with BEF.

He had leave during Jan 1919 but shortly after his return to Duty he was admitted to 17 Casualty Clearing Station on 15 Feb 1919 and died from Influenza followed by Broncho-pneumonia in 26 Feb 1919.

Additional Information

His wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Chandler, 140, George St., Berkhampsted, Herts., ordered his headstone inscription: "THY WILL BE DONE".

Payment of £27 10s 6d (including War gratuity of £20) paid to his widow Elizabeth. Youngest brother Sam 1898 Enlisted in Royal garrison Artillery. Served 13 months in Mesopotamia, surviving the war.


Neil Cooper
Jonty Wild, www.dacorumheritage.org.uk/first-world-war-database