Frank Chandler

Rank:Private - Manchester RgtNumber:32194
How Died:Blast or collapsing building
Incident Date:01/04/1916
Incident Address.Baptist Chapel, Alexandra Rd, Cleethorpes
Died Address:Baptist Chapel, Alexandra Rd, Cleethorpes
Grave Details:Lower Ground - M.381
Cemetery or Memorial:Tonge (St. Michael) Churchyard
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Born during the September quarter 1899 in the
Oldham R.D. - ref: 8d/718, the son of Frank &
Matilda Chandler (nee Hannah).

His father died in 1900 - aged: 40.

From Oldham Chronicle April 8 1916  Page 7:
Private Frank Chandler was 19 and resided in
Shaw-street, Middleton Junction and enlisted about
two months ago.  He has a brother in active

[It would appear that he gave a false age to join
the army and it is possible he was only 16 or 17
years old when he was killed].

I am most grateful to Dorothy Bintley for much of
the above information.

At 01.30 hrs during the night of the 31st
March/1st April 1916, a bomb was dropped from
Zeppelin LZ61 onto the Baptist Chapel killing 32
soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, Manchester
Regiment who were billeted there.

On Tuesday, 4th April 1916, 24 men were buried in
the one grave under a Special Memorial erected by
subscription, one (Bodsworth) in another unmarked
grave in this cemetery is also named on the
memorial in Cleethorpes Cemetery, whilst 6 of the
deceased were taken to their home towns by their
relatives.   The Military Funeral was very
impressive. The Massed Bands of the 3rd Bn
Manchester Regiment, 4th Bn Manchester Regiment
and the 3rd Bn Lincolnshire Regiment took part.  
The 24 coffins were carried on eight motor
lorries, draped with the Union Flag and covered
with wreaths.

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