James Handy

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 7689
  • Rank: Corporal
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards: Distinguished Conduct Medal
  • Regiment/Service: Connaught Rangers
  • Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion
  • Place of Death: Belgium
  • Age at Death: 29
  • Date of Death: 26.04.1915
  • Burial Country: Belgium
  • Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 42

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 2 St David's Lane, Dundee
  • Occupation: Dundee Corporation Cleansing Department
  • Mother:

    Norah Handy

  • Father:

    James Handy

  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:

    Margaret Jane Carter (formally Handy) 35 Dallfield Walk, Dundee

  • Children:

    James, born 03.10.1907, George, born 31.05.1912 & Margaret, 13.07.1914 – 24.11.1916

More about James Handy

James has no known grave but is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial.

James Handy   D.C.M.   7689   Connaught Rangers




Corporal James Handy, 2d Connaught Rangers, a Dundee man, is amongst the latest recipients of the D.C.M.

His wife resides at 2 St David’s Lane, Dundee, and she has had several communications from her husband’s comrades informing her that the brave corporal has been missing since April 26.  A cousin of Corporal Handy, who is in the same regiment wrote :__”We were in a charge on 26th and 27th April, and Jim was with me for about a quarter of an hour.  After that I missed him and two comrades, and I went out in search of him two days later, but could not find him.

Twenty-nine years of age and a Reservist, Corporal Handy served three years with the 2d Connaught Rangers.  He was a reservist for nine years, and before mobilisation he was employed in the cleansing department of Dundee Corporation.  He was promoted from the rank of private shortly before proceeding to the front.

Dundee Courier 14th June 1915

HANDY___Previously reported missing on the 26th of April, 1915, now officially reported killed on that date or since, 7689 Corporal James Handy, D.C.M., 1st Battalion Connaught Rangers, B.E.F., the beloved husband of Maggie Aird, 2 St David’s Lane Dundee. – Inserted by his wife and family, also by his father-in-law, Sergeant G. Aird, and Mrs Aird, 2 St David’s Lane, Dundee.

Dundee People’s Journal 15th July 1916

Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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