Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.
William Chandler was born in the 2nd quarter of 1897 in Ockley, Surrey to labourer William Henry and Sarah nee Brooker. He was baptised on the 20th of June 1897 at St Margaret’s Church, Ockley. At the time of his baptism, the family lived in Ockley, where his father, William was working as a labourer.
William’s father William was born in the 1st quarter of 1869 in Capel to brick burner Emanuel Chandler, born about 1841 in Capel and Sarah nee Mitchell, born about 1848 in Wotton, Surrey. His mother Sarah was born in the 4th quarter of 1873 in Effingham to farm labourer William Brooker, born about 1844 in Ewhurst and Sarah nee Lassam born about 1844 in Cranleigh, Surrey. William and Sarah married, by Banns, on the 2nd of November 1895 at St Lawrence’s Church in Effingham.
William had one known sibling: Edith Helena Chandler born about 1901 in Ockley. She later became Mrs Brown.
At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived at Wolverstone Cottages, Ockley. William snr was working as a carter on a farm and Sarah was looking after their children: William and Edith.
At the time of the 1911 Census, the family lived at Hatch Cottage, Station Road, Ockley. William snr was working as a wagoner on a farm and Sarah was at home looking after their children. Sarah stated that she had given birth to two children. The accommodation had five rooms.
William Chandler enlisted on the 24th of August 1915 in Guildford, Surrey into the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was a Private with regimental number 65447. At the time of his enlistment he was living with his parents at Hatch Cottage and working as a motor driver.
At the time of his death he was part of the 104th Field Ambulance of the Royal Army Medical Corps.
William Chandler died on the 4th of October 1918 in Belgium.
He was re-buried at the Zantvoorde British Cemetery in Belgium. His remains were identified by a cross. His cemetery reference number is: II.G.27.
He received the British War and Victory medals and the Military Medal.
William’s father received £18, 8s and 7d on the 26th of April 1919 in Soldier’s Effects.
Son of William Henry and Sarah Brooker of Hatch Cottage, Station Road, Ockley
Regiment 104th Field Ambulance, Royal Medical Army Corps.
Date of Death 4th October 1918
Place of Death Belgium
Cause of Death Killed in action
Cemetery Zantvoorde British Cemetery, Belgium