Handley Carleton Grace

Name

Handley Carleton Grace

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

02/09/1917
25

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Captain
Northamptonshire Regiment
A Coy. 6th Bn.

Awards

1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

KORTRIJK (ST. JAN) COMMUNAL CEMETERY
B 25
Belgium

UK Memorials

Stanstead Abbotts Village Memorial

Pre War

Born in 1892, in Blenheim, New Zealand, he was the son of George F Grace, Vicar of Stanstead Abbotts from 1909 -1927, and stepmother Catherine, he had a brother Harold, also born in New Zealand and they lived in the vicarage. Prior to this, in 1901, at the time of the census, Handley was living with his stepmother and brother in Thorpe St Matthew, Norwich, whilst his father was visiting a fellow clergyman in Walberswick, Suffolk. While at Cambridge University he joined the Public Schools Battalion and from there was recommended for a full commission.

Wartime Service

Commissioned as Temporary 2nd Lieutenant 08/09/1914 in A Company 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regt. Sent to France in July 1915. Promoted in the field to Captain. Wounded near Wyschaete on 11/08/1917 and captured. Was shot in back and lung, taken to the German Field Hospital No 281 and from there to Hospital No 33 near Kortrijk (Courtrai) where he died on 02/09/1917. His parents were advised that he had been taken prisoner and was in Limburg, Germany and it was not until 27/11/1917 did they receive a copy of his death certificate sent via the Red Cross from Germany.

Acknowledgments

Terry and Glenis Collins