Service Number: 4130
Enlisted: 20 September 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 25th Infantry Battalion
Born: Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, 12 January 1880
Home Town: Crows Nest, Toowoomba, Queensland
Schooling: Clifton State School, Queensland, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 5 August 1916, aged 36 years
Cemetery: Courcelette British Cemetery
Plot II, Row B, Grave No. 25.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Cooyar State School Roll of Honour, Cooyar War Memorial, Crows Nest (Qld) War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

20 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 4130, 25th Infantry Battalion
28 Mar 1916: Involvement Private, 4130, 25th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '15' embarkation_place: Brisbane embarkation_ship: HMAT Commonwealth embarkation_ship_number: A73 public_note: ''
28 Mar 1916: Embarked Private, 4130, 25th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Commonwealth, Brisbane

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

John Handy served during the Boer War in 1902 with the 7th Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse. He was married to Margaret Handy and was father to two girls and a boy when he enlisted at the age of 35 in Queensland during 1915. His address was Coalbank, Wutul, Queensland.

He only joined the 25th Battalion three days before his death, but he was reported as having been buried on the battlefield. His remains were found under a battalion cross and reburied in the Courcelette Cemetery during 1919.