Harry Chandler was born on 14th October 1885 at Bechton, near Sandbach in Cheshire. His parents William and Mercy Chandler lived at the Gatehouse of the Vicarage at Bechton. The couple had three sons and two daughters. William was employed by the Vicar as Coachman and Mercy as a Cook. By 1901 the family had moved to Linslade, where William worked as a Groom, and they later relocated to Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead.
At the time of the 1911 Census Harry was employed as Footman to Arthur Stanley Wilson, a Member of Parliament, and was living at 2 Lower Berkeley Street, Marylebone.
On 8th August 1914 Harry married Alice Ridgeway, from Abbots Langley, at Abbots Langley. Harry lived with his parents at 91 St Johns Road, Boxmoor, and gave his occupation as Valet.
The couple’s first son was born in July 1915 at a mews flat in Eaton Square in Belgravia, London. Harry was first mentioned in the Abbots Langley Parish Magazine Roll of Honour in January 1917, serving with the Motor Transport Section of the Army Service Corps (MTASC). He was recorded with the same unit through to the end of the War.
It is not known when Harry was demobilised, however he survived the War. His brothers in law, George and Charles Ridgeway also both survived the War. George served with the 1st Hertfordshire Regiment, and was wounded on 31st July 1917 near St Julien, Ypres, on a day where the Hertfordshire’s sustained over four hundred casualties attacking the enemy lines.