The First Parade of the 2nd Manchester Pals

Sergeant Frank Ewart Chandler.  Courtesy Andrew Chandler

Sergeant Frank Ewart Chandler. Courtesy Andrew Chandler

Thanks to Andrew, the Great Grandson of Platoon Sgt. Frank Chandler we have this amusing & surprising anecdote about the Pals first march to Heaton Park from Ardwick Town Hall.

“…we were led off by a very stalwart ex-soldier…Sergeant-Major Oddy. And he was the only officer [sic] in charge and it was a tribute to the enthusiasm of people that they got into fours and stuck into fours, but … there were rather a large number of halts. And every time we halted, it was at a pub…Oddy would resort to the pub, accompanied by a few of the men … but I remember Oddy finished the path supported on one side by two or three men and the other side by two or three men.”

RSM Oddy was later discharged – probably best…

Sergeant Chandler was later transferred to the Special Brigade of the Royal Engineers and commissioned.  He was wounded in 1918 and celebrated the Armistice with a swim in the sea off Scarborough.

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