Regiment : 1st Battalion Somerset Light Infantry
Service number : 37934
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 29th March 1918
Buried : Commemorated on Arras Memorial, France, Bay 4.
Birthplace : Claines, Worcestershire
Memorial : Worcester St Stephen's Church
Also appears on : Worcester Guildhall.
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
A photograph of Private V.C. Handcocks can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 18th May 1918, available at Worcestershire Archives.
The following information has been researched by Geoff Hill:
180 Ombersley Road, Worcester
Victor Clement Handcocks, aged 15, furnishings apprentice
At same address: John Handcocks (father), gardener domestic: mother, 1 brother and 3 sisters.
The 1918 Spring Offensive or Kaiserschlacht (Kaiser’s Battle), also known as the Ludendorff Offensive, was a series of German attacks along the Western Front during the First World War, beginning on 21st March 1918, which marked the deepest advances by either side since 1914. On this date the Germans launched operation Michael, a big offensive against the British Fifth Army and the right wing of the British Third Army. This was broadly in the area of the Somme, but went as far north as the vicinity of Arras.
Victor Handcocks has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on the Arras Memorial.