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Memorable Manitobans: John Wills Chandler (1883-1945)

Military officer.

Born at Hampshire, England on 23 July 1883, son of lawyer Francis Samuel Chandler, he was educated at Winchester, England. He saw service in the South African War, Imperial Yeomanry before joining the permanent forces of Canada in 1907. He went overseas in 1915 with the 44th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, serving until October 1919. From the early 1920s, he was an inspector of cadet services in Manitoba. On 10 January 1910, he married Alice Julia Burrows (?-?) and was a member of the AF & AM (Ionic Lodge) and 1500 Club. His recreations included golf, motoring, and hunting. In 1925, he lived at 68 Assiniboine Drive, Tuxedo Park, Winnipeg. He died at Winnipeg on 5 November 1945 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.


Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 5 November 1945, page 8.

We thank Darryl Toews for providing additional information used here.

Page revised: 12 August 2020

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