Next of Kin plaque: Private Percival George Chandler, 32nd Battalion, AIF

Accession Number AWM2019.531.1
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Bronze
Maker Royal Arsenal Woolwich
Place made United Kingdom
Date made c 1922
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Bronze next of kin plaque, showing on the obverse, Britannia holding a laurel wreath, the British lion, dolphins, a spray of oak leaves and the words 'HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR' around the edge. A raised rectangle above the lion's head bears the name 'PERCIVAL GEORGE CHANDLER'. The initials 'ECP', for the designer Edward Carter Preston appear above the lion's right forepaw. A checker's mark, '12', is impressed behind the lion's rear left paw.

History / Summary

Born in Port Pirie, South Australia in 1887, Percival George Chandler was educated at St Peter's College, Adelaide. He was employed as a clerk and commercial traveller when he enlisted in the AIF on 8 November 1915. After training at Morphetville he was posted a private, service number 2866, to the 6th Reinforcements for 32nd Battalion. The unit embarked for overseas service from Adelaide on 11 April 1916, aboard HMAT A60 Aeneas.

Chandler arrived in France at the end of June. Due to illness and further training he only joined his battalion the following year, on 11 February 1917 at Fricourt. Less than a month later, on 6 Match, he was killed at Le Transloy near Bapaume, aged 29. He is buried in the Bancourt British Cemetery.

This memorial plaque was sent to his eldest brother, Thomas Alfred Chandler, in June 1922.