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Private F Handley


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Private  Frederick (Fred) HANDLEY, G/18946, 10th? Platoon, "D" Company, 6th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, death assumed on or after, 3rd May 1917, age 36.

Born Penrith, Cumberland, son of Isaac & Sarah Handley, of Benson Row, Penrith, Cumberland.


1911 Census - Benson Row, Penrith, Cumberland - Isaac Handley, head, age 49, widower, currier, worker, born Ravenstonedale, Westmorland; Fred Handley, son, age 20, single, coach painter, born Penrith, Cumberland; Elizabeth Graham, housekeeper, age 54, currier, Penrith, Cumberland; Edith Annie Egglestone, niece (visitor), age 28, married, born Glasgow, Scotland; Frederick Parker Egglestone, age 1, born Strickland, Westmorland.


Enlisted Penrith, Cumberland, age 24 years, 3 months, height 5ft 6¾ inches, weight 122lbs, slight left varicole, small tattoo mark on back of right arm. Formerly coach painter.

Allotment of pay of 2/4 a week payable to father.

Home 27th November 1915 to 10th October 1916; BEF 11th October 1916 to 3rd May 1917.

27th November 1915, enlisted; 28th November 1915, to Army Reserve; 10th February 1916, mobilized & posted 3rd Reserve, Cavalry Regiment, (Dragoon Guards)Service No.21504; 14th July 1916, transferred to 3rd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), Service No. G/10437, as man not likely to make an efficient Cavalryman; 10th October 1916, posted BEF & 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment); 10th October 1916, embarked / disembarked; 20th October 1916, transferred to 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 23rd October 1916, joined Battalion, In the Field; 3rd May 1915, posted missing.

24th July 1917, letter to Mrs Egglestone from Captain Thomas stating Pte F Handley was killed on 3rd May 1917.

Commemorated at Arras Memorial, Bay 7, France.


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