HANDCOCKS Charles John
Regiment : 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 24809
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action on 5th August 1918
Buried : Sandpits British Cemetery, Fouquereuil, France, Grave III. H. 3.
Birthplace : Pembridge, Herefordshire, enlisted Worcester, resident Kempsey, Worcestershire
Memorial : Worcester Guildhall
Also appears on : Worcester St Stephen's Church
The following information has been researched by Geoff Hill:
180 Ombersley Road, Worcester
Charles John Handcocks, aged 19, gardener domestic
At the same address: John Handcocks (father), gardener domestic: mother, 1 brother and 3 sisters.
The 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment was included in the 57th Infantry Brigade from June 1918. The brigade was engaged on the Western Front and would have taken part in “The Hundred Days Offensive”. This was the final period of the First World War, during which the Allies launched a series of offensives against the Central Powers on the Western Front from the 8th August to the 11th November 1918, beginning with the Battle of Amiens. The offensive essentially pushed the Germans out of France, forcing them to retreat beyond the Hindenburg Line, and was followed by an armistice. The term “Hundred Days Offensive” does not refer to a specific battle or unified strategy, but rather the rapid series of Allied victories starting with the Battle of Amiens.
Charles Handcocks was killed a few days prior to the opening of The Hundred Days Offensive. There was no major engagement with the Germans in the vicinity of Bethune prior to 8th August.