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Lieutenant Peter Handcock

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Peter Joseph Handcock

Ancestor's date of birth: 17/02/1868

Ancestor's date of death: 27/02/1902

Cause of Death: Judicial Murder

Service Number: 488

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Bathurst

Unit: 1st New South Wales Mounted Rifles

Rank attained in Boer War: Lieutenant Date Effective: 02/1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): Unable to serve after the Boer War

Murray Page: 66

Contingent: Second New South Wales

Ship: Southern Cross Date of Sailing: 17/01/1900

Memorial details: Bathurst Boer War Memorial

Awards/Decorations: Nil

Personal Characteristics: A "knock-about bloke" seeking to serve.

Reasons to go and fight: To serve his country.

Details of service in war: Left Australia as a trooper, and was promoted Farrier Sergeant within the NSWMR. He transferred to the Rail Services police, then to the Bushveldt Carbineers as a Vetinary Lieutenant. There he was involved in an incident that led to his death by firing squad.
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Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Dorne Landon, Currumbin Valley QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Grand Daughter

Name of Descendant: Leslie Sparks, Bensville NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: first cousin twice removed

Name of Descendant: Vivien Melanie Bowman, Mosman NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Third Cousin

Name of Descendant: Kieran Dempsey, Northcote VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Peter was my great grandmother (Jane's) brother

Name of Descendant: Tania Bailey, Shalvey NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: 1st cousin 4x removed


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