Charles William Handley

Date of birth: 1891
Place of birth: Brixton, London
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 43336
Died: 28th March 1918, aged 26years
Commemorated: Arras Memorial, France

 

Charles was the younger of 2 siblings born to John Edward and Augusta Caroline Handley (nee Keddle), who married in Stoke Newington on 16 May 1886.

 

John, a maker of artificial teeth (!), was born in Pimlico in 1842 and he died in Lambeth in 1920.

 

Augusta was born in Blackfriars in 1855 and she passed away in Croydon in 1941.

 

Sister 

Winifred Victoria   b. 1887 Brixton   d. 1962 Kent   Married Ernest E. Chittenden in Lambeth in 1917.

 

The only connection this family appears to have with Southampton is that Charles enlisted in the city, although there’s no obvious reason why.

 

Charles died on the first day of the First Battle of Arras. At 03.00 on 28 March, the stillness was shattered by the chaotic din of a terrific German bombardment.

 

Their infantry attacked at 07.00 and was met by devastating fire from British artillery and machine guns.

 

The Memorial commemorates almost 35K UK, South African and New Zealand servicemen who died in the Arras sector between the spring of 1916 and 7 August 1918 and who have no known grave.

 

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 6th September 2016
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