H R Chaldecott

Harold Richards Chaldecott OBE was in the Hardinge from 1893, a year ahead of his brother Oswald Arthur Chaldecott who would also join him in the Lodge in the 1920s. He went on to Glasgow University and studied to become a Naval Architect.

He served as a territorial gunner from 1909, rising to Captain in the Great War, and after the war worked in the shipyards in the North East as manager of the Elswick Shipbuilding Yard in Newcastle and as a naval inspector.

He was made an OBE in the 1918 Birthday Honours List.

Chaldecott was initiated into Victoria Commonwealth Reserve Forces Lodge No 2666, and joined the OW Lodge at the July meeting in 1922, becoming Worshipful Deputy Master in 1930. He was awarded LGR.

His son, Capt John Stickland Chaldecott, who had followed his father and uncle to Wellington and into the army, died on active service in 1941 serving with the Queen’s Royal Regiment and was described as “one of nature’s perfect gentlemen”.