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Richard HANDLEY

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Surname: HANDLEY

Forename(s): Richard

Place of Birth: Garsdale, Yorkshire

Service No: 35809

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Northumberland Fusiliers

Battalion / Unit: 23rd (Service) Battalion. (4th Tyneside Scottish)

Division: 34th Division

Age: 22

Date of Death: 1918-03-29

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: XX. E. 11.

CWGC Cemetery: CABARET-ROUGE BRITISH CEMETERY, SOUCHEZ

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: GARSDALE, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Richard Atkinson Handley was the son of Richard and Mary Handley, née Atkinson. Both parents were born at Garsdale, Yorkshire.

1901 Garsdale, Yorkshire Census: Dandragarth - Richard A. Handley, aged 5 years, born Garsdale, son of Richard and Mary Handley.

1911 Garsdale, Yorkshire Census: East Coat Weggs - Richard Atkinson Handley, aged 15 years, born Garsdale, son of Richard and Mary Handley.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Richard Handley, 50344, W. York. R.; 35809, Noth'd. Fus. D. of W.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Richard Handley, 50344, 2nd West Yorks. R.; 35809, 26th Northd. Fus.; 36809, 23rd Northd. Fus. D. of W.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Richard Handley, 35809, 23rd Bn Northumberland Fus. Date and Place of Death: 29.3.18 Auberchicourt. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - Richard. £0 6s. 11d.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Richard Handley, 35809, 23rd Bn Northd. Fus. Date and Place of Death: 29.3.18. Officially accepted. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - Richard. £19 16s. 8d.

Richard was originally buried by the Germans in Auberchicourt German Cemetery. His remains were exhumed and reburied in Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez in 1924.

The SDGW and CWGC date for Richard’s death is given as 29 March 1918. The date of death on his mourning card is 22 March 1918. On the 21st and 22nd March 1918, Richard’s battalion was in action near Croisilles village. As he was buried by the Germans at Auberchicourt, which is quite a distance from Croisilles, he may have died of wounds as a prisoner of war.

A short biography of Richard is included in: ‘Sedbergh and District 1914-1918 - But who shall return the children?’ Compiled by Sedbergh and District History Society. Edited by Diane Elphick (2016).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Private Richard HANDLEY

Private Richard HANDLEY

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Northumberland Fusiliers

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Northumberland Fusiliers

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 34th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 34th Division

Data from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 Records

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Surname: HANDLEY

Forename(s): Richard

Born: Garsdale, Yorks

Residence:

Enlisted: Kirkley, Yorks

Number: 35809

Rank: Private

Regiment: Northumberland Fusiliers

Battalion: 23rd Battalion (Tyneside Scottish)

Decorations:

Died Date: 29/03/18

Died How: Died

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: HANDLEY

Forename(s): R

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 35809

Rank: Private

Regiment: Northumberland Fusiliers

Unit: 23rd (Tyneside Scottish) Bn.

Age: 22

Awards:

Died Date: 29/03/1918

Additional Information: Son of Richard and Mary Handley, of East Coat Weggs, Garsdale, Sedbergh, Yorks.

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‘The Westmorland Gazette’ (18 May 1918)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)

GARSDALE

HANDLEY, Pte. R. Mr. and Mrs. Handley, East Coat Weggs, Garsdale, have been officially informed that their son, Pte. R. Handley, has been missing since March 21st. He went to France in March, 1917.

‘The Westmorland Gazette’ (25 May 1918)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)

GARSDALE

HANDLEY, Pte. R. Mr. and Mrs. Handley, East Coat Weggs, Garsdale, have been officially informed that their son, Pte R. Handley, Northumberland Fusiliers, was killed in action, in France, on the 22nd of March.

‘The Westmorland Gazette’ (22 March 1919)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)

HANDLEY – In loving memory of Pte. Richard Handley, East Cote Weggs, Garsdale, killed in action in France on March 22nd, 1918, in his 22nd year.

With aching heart we shook his hand,
Tears glistened in our eyes;
We wished him luck, but little thought
It was his last good-bye.
No one knows what the parting cost,
But God has gained what we have lost.

Sadly missed by his sorrowing father, mother, sisters and brothers.

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Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez

Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez

CWGC Headstone

Courtesy of David Shackleton

Mourning Card for Private Richard Handley

Mourning Card for Private Richard Handley

Courtesy of Sedbergh & District History Society

Mourning Card for Private Richard Handley

Mourning Card for Private Richard Handley

Courtesy of Sedbergh & District History Society

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