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In Remembrance of
Alfred John Chandler

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Date of birth: 11th December 1900
Place of birth: Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
Parents: James and Alice Chandler
Wife: Caroline Chandler
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Master at Arms
Service Number: P/M 39791
Joined Hood: 27th February 1941 (Master at Arms)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Master at Arms)
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Biographical Information:

Alfred was born on 11th December 1900 in Birmingham, Warwickshire to parents James and Alice Chandler. The family lived in Barbourne, Worcester and Alfred was educated at the local Roman Catholic School.

Alfred joined the Navy on 11 December 1918 and would go on to serve for 24 years. Joining as a Boy 2nd Class, Alfred served initially as a seaman and by 1926 had achieved leading rate. Having completed his course for Petty Officer in May 1929, he would have to wait amost three years before obtaining a draft as an Acting Petty Officer. This came whilst he was serving in H.M.S. Cornwall in January 1932. After 12 months he returned to H.M.S. Victory to become a substantive Petty Officer. Whilst there Alfred branched off, taking a course in March 1933 which qualified him as a Regulating Petty Officer (the Regulating Branch was in charge of discipline in ships). The move meant a return to Acting rate though and it would be two years before his first draft as R.P.O. to H.M.S. Enchantress. Whilst serving in that ship, and after a further course, he was further advanced to Master at Arms (equivalent to Chief Petty Officer). Alfred's final draft was to H.M.S. Hood as her last Master at Arms in February 1941.

Alfred was the husband of Caroline Chandler, of Rosyth, Fife. He was 40 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
3rd January 191822nd March 1918PowerfulBoy 2nd ClassADM188/813
23rd March 191826th March 1918PowerfulBoy 1st ClassADM188/813
27th March 191810th December 1918MarlboroughBoy 1st ClassADM188/813
11th December 191818th September 1919MarlboroughOrdinary SeamanADM188/813
6th September 191930th June 1920Blenheim (Tilbury)Able SeamanADM188/813
19th September 19195th September 1919MarlboroughAble SeamanADM188/813
1st July 19205th August 1920Pembroke IAble SeamanADM188/813
6th August 19203rd September 1920Vivid IAble SeamanADM188/813
4th September 192031st December 1921Columbine (Malcolm)Able SeamanADM188/813
1st January 192210th August 1922Vivid IAble SeamanADM188/813
11th August 19223rd October 1923CentaurAble SeamanADM188/813
4th October 192331st October 1923Victory IAble SeamanADM188/813
1st November 192325th April 1924ExcellentAble SeamanADM188/813
26th April 19246th November 1925Osprey (Rocket)Able SeamanADM188/813
7th November 19251st February 1926Victory IAble SeamanADM188/813
2nd February 19261st February 1926Egmont (?Witherington?)Able SeamanADM188/813
2nd February 192630th June 1926Egmont (?Witherington?)Leading SeamanADM188/813
1st July 192622nd December 1926ResolutionLeading SeamanADM188/813
23rd December 192614th January 1927Victory ILeading SeamanADM188/813
15th January 192729th April 1927ExcellentLeading SeamanADM188/813
30th April 192731st May 1928Columbine (Campbell)Leading SeamanADM188/813
1st June 19283rd April 1929Victory II (Campbell)Leading SeamanADM188/813
4th April 192912th February 1931GreenwichLeading SeamanADM363/198
13th February 193120th January 1932CornwallLeading SeamanADM363/198
21st January 193216th September 1932CornwallActing Petty OfficerADM363/198
17th September 193218th December 1932CumberlandActing Petty OfficerADM363/198
19th December 193211th January 1933Victory IActing Petty OfficerADM363/198
12th January 193316th January 1933EffinghamActing Petty OfficerADM363/198
17th January 193320th January 1933Victory IActing Petty OfficerADM363/198
21st January 193321st March 1933Victory IPetty OfficerADM363/198
22nd March 193321st March 1934Victory 2Acting Regulating Petty OfficerADM363/198
22nd March 19347th April 1935Victory 2Regulating Petty OfficerADM363/198
8th April 193530th April 1937EnchantressRegulating Petty OfficerADM363/198
1st May 193724th May 1937EnchantressMaster at ArmsADM363/198
25th May 19378th June 1937Victory 2Master at ArmsADM363/198
9th June 193731st May 1938GreenwichMaster at ArmsADM363/198
1st June 19386th January 1941CochraneMaster at ArmsADM363/198
7th January 194126th February 1941Victory 2Master at ArmsADM363/198
27th February 194124th May 1941HoodMaster at ArmsADM363/198

Additional Photos

Hood Chapel, Church of St. John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

The part of the memorial in which the Hood casualty names can be found.
(Panels 45 to 61)

Alfred's name is in Column 1 of Panel 58.

Detail of Alfred's name.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
ADM 53/114435
The National Archives (ADM 188/813)
His great-nephew, Ron Kinsalla (information, October 2006)