Arthur was born in the parish of St Matthew's Church, Stockport, the son of Thomas and Agnes Chandler of 35 Fox Street, Edgeley. Thomas had served as a regular soldier, reaching the rank of Sergeant Major with the 2nd Dragoon Guards, before retiring.
Little has been discovered about Arthur's early life, except that he served for 2.5 years in the Territorial Army. It is not known when he emigrated to Australia with his older brother Thomas. They lived at Mountscot, Denning Street, Coogee, New South Wales, where he earned a living working as a labourer.
Arthur enlisted into the army on 29 December 1914, being assigned to the 1st Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force, with the service number 1460. His service papers show that he was 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighed 10 stone 7 lbs. His chest measured 33 inches (and he could expand it a further 3 inches). He had a fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. Arthur recorded his religion as Church of England.
He left Sydney, as a newly promoted Corporal, aboard the Australian transport ship "A48 Seang Bee" on 11 February 1915. They disembarked in Egypt and spent several weeks in training and making preparations to go into action at Gallipoli. Arthur will have taken part in the first landings on the Peninsula on 25 April. The campaign was to be a disaster from Day 1.
Local Stockport newspaper reported that Arthur was wounded in action and was evacuated home. However, his service record confirms that, in late August, he was evacuated away from Gallipoli but his complaint was one requiring nothing more than a hernia operation. He spent time recuperating in a military hospital at Newend, Hampstead, London until 20 February 1916, when he rejoined his unit at Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt. On 22 March, the Battalion embarked from Alexandria bound for Marseilles and the western front. On 17 April, Arthur was transferred to the Field Ambulance. The final record of his movements shows that between 1st and 18th December, he was allowed leave in England, no doubt returning to Stockport to visit family.
On 3 March 1917, Arthur and some of his comrades from the Ambulance were attached to the 1st Battalion (his old unit). There had been severe fighting during the previous day in the vicinity of the village of Bazentin-le-Petit. The members of the Ambulance would have been involved in stretchering away and treating the wounded. Whilst undertaking these duties, Arthur was killed (most probably by shellfire).
Arthur had left very few possessions (an identity disc, 2 diaries, 2 wallets together with letters and postcards) and these were sent to his brother Thomas. Several other family members (all believed to be brothers or sisters) are also mentioned in Army records:-
William Chandler, 41 Davenport Avenue, Withington, Manchester
Walter Chandler, 14 Millers Buildings, Mill Bank, Westminster, London
Mrs Ellen Pulpher, 124 Grenville Street, Edgeley
Mrs Agnes Clarke, 8 Turner Street, Portwood
Mrs Alice Huddlestone, 60 Harrison Street, Brighton
Mrs Minnie Barton, 1 Burland Street, Bury New Road, Manchester