Lt Harold Francis Chandler


1895 Feb 15. Born Coventry, Warwickshire

1901 census at Earl St, Coventry

1911 census at Rossall School, near Fleetwood.

1914 Nov 14. Gazetted 2nd Lt in 15th R Irish Rifles. Next of kin were his father and his sister Doris. Home address Hawthornden, Queen Victoria Road, Coventry. At that time he was single and serving with 15th RIR, Ballykinlar Camp, Co. Down. Previously served with Rossall OTC. Height 5 foot 9 inches.

1915 Oct. Posted to France

1915 Dec 29. Left 15th RIR, and embarked Rouen–Southampton,

1916 Jan 5. On the Hospital Ship SS Copenhagen. Cause of return, hernia.

1916 Jun 14. OC 19th RIR wrote to the WO, saying that he had received a copy of instructions issued to Chandler to report to Annesley Barracks, Newcastle, Co. Down, but he knew nothing of the man. He wrote again the next day to say that Chandler had just reported for duty.

Medical Boards seem to have continued throughout 1916, and a letter to the C.-in-C., BEF France, 21.12.1916, stated that due to Chandler’s continued ill-health there was no alternative but to discharge him from the Army, and that he had been so informed. Chandler wrote to the WO, 3.1.1917, and said that he had received notification about relinquishing his commission from the Adjutant, 19th RIR, but ‘I feel sure there must be an error somewhere, as I hold an order to attend a medical board at Warwick on the 11th inst, and now being quite fit I shall be returned to duty’. The WO replied, 13.1.1917, stating that if he could obtain a certificate of fitness from an RAMC officer then an application for reappointment to a commission would be considered. Chandler replied, 15.1.1917, and enclosed a medical certificate and letter of support from OC 19th RIR. This letter was dated 30.1.1916, so presumably this had been in Chandler’s possession for a year. The WO replied, 7.2.1917, and say another MB would be arranged. Chandler wrote to the WO, 5 March, stating that he had heard nothing further about the proposed MB. He advised the WO, 18 March, that he had been examined by the Board the previous day and was passed fit for general service. Asked to retain his seniority. He again wrote 8 April: he had heard nothing since his last letter. The WO replied, 20 April, saying he should try to get a nomination from the OC of either 3rd, 4th, or 5th RIR for an appointment to their unit. WO to Irish Command, 22 May, advised that Chandler had been re-appointed and ordered to report to OC 19th RIR for duty.

1917 Jul 1. Promoted Lt

1917 Oct 26. R Irish Rifle. Transferred to a Service Battalion from a reserve battalion. To France

1918 Aug 30 He joined 1st RIR,, but left on 26.9.1918. Embarked Calais–Dover, 29 September, to get treatment for a hernia.

1919 Aug 28. Discharged from 1st RIR. Occupation in civil life shown as ‘Nil’.

1921 Feb 25, Joined ADRIC with service no 1793 Posted to J Coy

1921 Aug 5. Suspended

1921 Aug 13. Suspension removed

1921 Dec 19. He wrote to the WO, asking how he should go about applying for a position in the Turkish Police. The WO replied, 11.1.1922, saying that such appointments were restricted to Regular officers. Address Inglewood, Eaton Road, Coventry.

1921 Aug 31. Permitted to resign on disciplinary grounds

1928 Married Emily Brisland Worrall (1902–1950) in Kenya

1936 Jun 19 Arrives in UK from South Africa. He is a farmer, travels alone, Tourist Class.

1936 Aug 6. Returns to Kenya from UK. He is a farmer living in Kenya.

1942 Nov 11 Died of Malaria (aged 47) at Nakuru, Kenya Burial Nairobi Forest Road Cemetery