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Thomas HANDLEY

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Surname: HANDLEY

Forename(s): Thomas

Place of Birth: Garsdale, Yorkshire

Service No: 86227

Rank: L/Corporal

Regiment / Corps / Service: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Battalion / Unit: 54th Coy

Division: 18th (Eastern) Division

Age: 19

Date of Death: 1917-11-27

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: VIII. A. 14.

CWGC Cemetery: POELCAPELLE BRITISH CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: GARSDALE, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Thomas Handley was the son of John and Betsy Handley, née Harper. Both parents were born at Garsdale, Yorkshire.

1901 Garsdale, Yorkshire Census: Knudmaning - Thomas Handley, aged 3 years, born Garsdale, son of John and Betsy Handley.

1911 Garsdale, Yorkshire Census: Thwaite Head - Thomas Handley, aged 13 years, born Garsdale, son of John and Betsy Handley.

The British Army Service Record for Thomas Handley exists but may be incomplete.

A short biography of Thomas 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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L/Corporal Thomas HANDLEY

L/Corporal Thomas HANDLEY

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 18th (Eastern) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 18th (Eastern) Division

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

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Surname: HANDLEY

Forename(s): Thomas

Born: Garsdale, Yorks

Residence:

Enlisted: Sedburgh, Yorks

Number: 86227

Rank: L/Cpl

Regiment: Machine Gun Corps

Battalion: (Infantry)

Decorations:

Died Date: 27/11/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: Formerly 31860, N. Staffs Regt.

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: HANDLEY

Forename(s): T

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 86227

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Unit: 54th Coy.

Age:

Awards:

Died Date: 27/11/1917

Additional Information:

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Poelcapelle British Cemetery

Poelcapelle British Cemetery

CWGC Headstone

Courtesy of David Shackleton

Mourning Card for L/Cpl Thomas Handley

Mourning Card for L/Cpl Thomas Handley

Courtesy of Sedbergh & District History Society

Mourning Card for L/Cpl Thomas Handley

Mourning Card for L/Cpl Thomas Handley

Courtesy of Sedbergh & District History Society

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Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

14 December 1917

HANDLEY – November 26th 1917, killed in action on the Western Front, Lance-Corporal Thos. Handley, Wandra [Dandra] Garth Cottage, Garsdale, aged 19 years.

14 December 1917

GARSDALE – DIED LIKE A SOLDIER

We regret to learn that Lance-Corporal Thos. Handley, Wandra [Dandra] Garth Cottage, Garsdale, was killed in action in France on November 26th. The following letter has been received by the bereaved parents from one of deceased’s chums:– “It is with the deepest sorrow and greatest regret that I write these lines to inform you that your dear son, and my greatest chum, was unfortunately killed in action on November 26th at 5-15 in the evening. I am glad to say his death was instantaneous, the result of a direct hit from a shell, so that he could not have suffered the slightest pain. His death was the greatest shock to all of us, especially to me, who was his No. 2 in the team and his closest chum since we both came out together last April. We buried him as reverently as possible the same night, and the Company are having a cross made and erected on his grave. I know that no words of mine can possibly console you in your great loss, but at any rate you have the knowledge that he died in the greatest of causes and with his face to the enemy like a soldier should. I found two parcels from you on our return from the line, and I have done the usual thing and shared them amongst his teammates, which I feel sure you would have had me do. Assuring you of the deepest sympathy of the company, by whom he was greatly loved. I remain, yours sincerely, F. GORTON”

Deceased was only 19 years of age. It is intended to have a memorial service at the Primitive Methodist Chapel, Garsdale, on Sunday next.

22 November 1918

HANDLEY – In loving remembrance of Lance-Corporal Thomas Handley, Dandra Garth, Garsdale, killed in action in France November 26th, 1917, aged 19 years.

We often think of days gene by,
When we were all together;
A shadow o’er our lives is cast,
A dear one gone for ever.
We prayed for a safe returning,
And longed to clasp his hand,
But God has postponed the meeting
Till we meet in the Better Land.

Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his dear Mother and Sisters.

HANDLEY – In loving memory of our dear nephew and cousin, Lance-Corporal Thomas Handley, who was killed in action November 26th, 1917.

We often think of you dear
And the happy days gone by,
And in the lonely hours of thinking
We wish that you were nigh..
We trust some day to meet you
On that bright and golden shore.

From his loving uncle and Aunt and Cousins at Grisedale.

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