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Benjamin CHANDLER

Regimental number1531
Place of birthHealesville, Victoria
OccupationRailway servant
Address33 Park Street, Abbotsford, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinBrother, Charles Edward Chandler, Park Street, Abbotsford, Victoria
Enlistment date25 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 19 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Quartermaster Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Conspicuous courage and devotion to duty throughout whole of action, setting fine example. (East of Ypres 4 October 1917)'
Recommendation date: 11 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 11 December 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'This N.C.O. was acting in the capacity of Q.M.S. for his Company in the action in the vicinity of ZONNEBEKE, east of YPRES on 4th October, 1917. His cheery optimism, his disregard of self, his endeavours to to keep his Company well rationed made him an inspiring example to all men who came into contact with him in trenches which were under continuous and heavy shell fire for six days. Up to the end of the long and trying tour his energy never failed. Officers and men speak very highly of his conduct which was extremely courageous.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death22 November 1953
Place of burialFawkner Cemetery

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