William Thomas Jasper Chandler

Date of birth: 1893
Place of birth: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Service No.: 8823
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 1st
Died: 16th September 1914 aged 22 years
Death location: France and Flanders

 

Life before the War
William was born in 1893 to Thomas Jasper (1864 – 16/02/1895) and Anne Jane, nee Hodder (1866 – 1933).  His parents were married in Southampton in 1885.

Williams 3 siblings were:

Millicent Ann Beatrice (1886 – 1955).  Married John Henry Elliott in Southampton in 1909.

Edith Caroline (06/07/1888 – 1978).  Married John Richard Ward in Southampton in 1906.

Frederick Ernest (08/12/1894 – 1972).

William’s sisters were both born in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, Hampshire and travelled to South Africa with their parents about 1890.  The date is approximate as no travel records can be found, but the website: http://www.southafricansettlers.com shows that the family were there when William was born.  William and Frederick were born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and following the death of William’s father, in 1895, the family returned to England.

William’s mother Annie married Frank Way (1870 – 1917) in Southampton in 1897 and William’s 4 half siblings, who were all born in Southampton, were:

Lily Louisa (24/10/1899 – 1980).  Married George Thompson in Southampton in 1927.

Arthur (1902 – 14/06/1939).  Married Margaret Geraldine Tizzard in Southampton in 1931

Edward John (1904 – 1957).

Percy Henry (1907 – 1967).  Married Mary C S White in Southampton in 1931.

William’s mother, Annie, married again in 1919 to Fred Ford.

The 1901 Census shows William is living with his mother, sister Edith and brother Frederick, at 26 Trinity Terrace, St Mary’s, Southampton.  Also at this address is his stepfather and stepsister Lily.

When the 1911 Census is taken the family has moved to 3 Seaview Cottage, Nelson Hill, Southampton and Annie and Frank have three more children, Arthur, Edward and Percy.  William is stationed with Hampshire Regiment at the Barracks in Winchester.

 

Military History
William was working as a Cellar Man when he enlisted on 27th March 1911.  William was killed in action in the early months of the war on 16th September 1914 and at the time was serving in the Hampshire Regiment.

The entry for the National Roll of the Great War reads:

CHANDLER W.T., Corporal, 1st Hampshire Regt.  He was mobilized in August 1914, and was immediately sent to France, where he took part in the Battle of Mons.  After serving through various other engagements he was killed in action at the Battle of Aisne on September 16th, 1914.  He was entitled to the Mons Star and the General Service and Victory Medals.
3, Seaview Cottages, Nelson Hill, Southampton’

William is believed to be buried in Crouy-Vauxrot French National Cemetery, Crouy, France.  Grave reference:  Sp. Mem. B. 2.  The inscription reads:

Believed to be buried in this Cemetery
8823 Lance Cpl. W.T.J. Chandler
Hampshire Regiment
16th September 1914
“Their Glory shall not be blotted out’

Nearly half of the 50 casualties, who are commemorated here from WW1, are unidentified.  These casualties were brought here after the Armistice and fell in September and October 1914.  William is one of ten soldiers who are commemorated with special memorials.

 

Researcher: Jackie Chandler (no relation)
Published: 29th March 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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