James Henry Handley


About James Henry

  • Name
    James Henry
  • Initials
    J H
  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
    30 November 1879
  • Birth town
    Holbeck, Leeds
  • Resided town
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
    New Wortley, Leeds
  • Date of death
    27 November 1926
  • Married
  • Occupation
    Labourer for Leeds City Sanitary Dept

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
  • Rank
  • Regiment
    West Yorkshire Regiment


Rifleman James Handley was born in Wortley, Leeds on 30 November 1879 to parents James, a wood turner, and Elizabeth (nee Wormald), and was one of eleven children.  His father died when he was just over a year old.

On 22 August 1900, at the age of 20, James joined the Kings Royal Rifle Corps in Leeds.  However, he was discharged on 19 October 1900, “free by indulgence”,  having served 59 days.

He lived in Wortley throughout his life and he married Sarah Nadin Townsley in May 1902, and they had eight children.  On the 1911 Census, he was living with Sarah and two children, Wilfred and Doris May, at 15 New Street, Wortley and was a labourer for Leeds Corporation, working in the City Sanitary Department.

In January 1915, James enlisted into the local 2/7 West Yorkshire Regiment, also known as the Leeds Rifles.  F

At the time he was living at 32 Oak Road, Leeds. In July 1916, the Regiment were based in Somerleyton, Norfolk, hence may be the reason for James passing through Peterborough East Railway station on 4 July 1916.  Service records indicate that he served in France between January and August 1917, before being given a medical discharge for sickness on 8 October 1917.  He was awarded the British War, Allied Victory Medals and the Silver War Badge.

He returned home to his family in Leeds and died in Wortley from tuberculosis on 27 November 1926, aged 46.

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