Thomas Henry CHANTLER
Rank: Sapper
Number: 67016
Unit: 131st Field Company ROYAL ENGINEERS
Date of Death: 11 December 1918
Age: 33
Cemetery: Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Greece

Alfred and Caroline Chantler had at least five children. By the time of the 1901 Census, Alfred had died. The family was living at 141/143 Wilmslow Road, Long Lane where Caroline ran a grocery shop. The children at home were Frank (then 27), Thomas (17), Edith (15), Alec (14) and Gladys (7). Thomas was an apprentice joiner and would, no doubt , use those skills when he was assigned to the Royal Engineers. In 1909, he married Florence Mabel Paxton in a civil ceremony registered at Stockport.

Royal Engineers Field Companies were attached to the various Divisions of the British Army. Their tasks included the maintenance of roads and water supplies; the design and construction of fortifications and gun emplacements. It would include craftsmen such as carpenters, painters and plumbers and all would be equipped as rifle carrying infantrymen. Thomas' Company was attached to 26th Division which spent all of the war in the Salonika region of Greece.

A number of military hospitals operated around Kalamaria. Thomas did not die until after the Armistice so it can be assumed that he fell ill, suffered an accident or died of wounds received earlier.

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