Rank: Private
Number: 2381
Unit: 1/7th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 9 June 1915
Age: 33
Cemetery: East Mudros Military Cemetery, Lemnos, Greece

Joseph was the only son of Joseph Chantler, a gardener, and Ann Chantler, of 27 Lime Grove, Cheadle. The 1901 Census shows him, aged 20, to have been working as a commercial clerk. The Census also shows he had two older sisters, Emma and Margaret, living at home.

Prior to enlisting into the army in Manchester, in August or early September 1914, he was working for a shipping company, G Gottschalk & Co, of 86 Major Street, Manchester (and is commemorated in the Company's entry in the Manchester City Battalions Book of Honour). Active in the local community, he was a member of the Cheadle Lacrosse, Cricket and Conservative Clubs and the Literary Institute.

By the middle of September, Joseph was on board a ship bound for Egypt and the Sudan where he spent the next seven months undergoing his army training "on the job". Some details of this time can be found here. On 3 May 1915, the Battalion left the safety of North Africa to go into action at Gallipoli, landing on the 7th. On 4 June, he took part in his and last attack described here. Sometime during the day, Joseph was very badly wounded. He was evacuated first to a field hospital overlooking the beachhead where his condition would have been stabilised sufficiently for him to be moved off the peninsula. The safety of the Greek island of Lemnos was four hours sailing away. Several military hospitals were based there able to deal with the casualties but Joseph's wounds were too severe and he died.

(Original research by John Hartley for the Cheadle & Gatley War Memorials website)

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