1st Battalion Connaught Rangers
Killed in Action, La Bassee,
February 10th 1915,
Aged 22, From Dublin
Charley was born in Dublin in late 1892. A pre war regular soldier, he joined the Connaught Rangers in the summer of 1911, being based in India till the outbreak of the Great War.
Landing in France on the 26th September 1914, the 1st Battalion arrived at the Port of Marseilles having left the port of Karachi on the Indian subcontinent a month before. Throughout 1914 & 1915 they took part in: The First Battle of Messines. October 1914. The Battle of Festubert. November 1914. Battle of Neuve Chapelle. March 1915. Second Battle of Ypres. April 1915. Battle of Loos. September 1915.
Charley was killed at La Bassee in February in 1915, whilst in forward trenches. He was buried in the Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L’Avoue.
He was the the son of Catherine Hand of 16 Aungier Street, Dublin, and the late John Hand.
Incidentally, Charley’s brother John, was to die a year and a half later on the 1st August 1916, whilst serving with the 1st/8th Battalion, The Kings Liverpool Regiment.
“BOYS, YE FOUGHT
AS HEROES FIGHT
AND DIED AS MEN”