A Collection of Medals to Second World War Casualties

Date of Auction: 18th July 2018

Sold for £80

Estimate: £100 - £140

Three: Sailor H. J. L. Chandler, Merchant Navy, who was killed in action when the S.S. Larpool was torpedoed by the German submarine U-122 and sank 250 miles off Newfoundland, 3 November 1941

1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; War Medal 1939-45, with named Minister of Transport enclosure, in card box of issue, addressed to ‘Miss V. M. L. Chandler, 8 Bassingham Road, Wandsworth, London SW18’, extremely fine (3) £100-140


Herbert James Lindredge Chandler served during the Second World War as a Sailor in the Rowland and Marwood Steamship Company’s Vessel the S.S. Larpool. On 2 November 1941, sailing under the command of her Master Captain C. Patton, O.B.E., she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-122 250 miles East South East of Cape Race, Newfoundland. Twenty-six of her crew were killed.

Chandler was amongst those killed, aged 21. He is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial. His medals were sent to his sister Miss V. M. L. Chandler