Peter Joseph Handcock (1900)
|Birth name||Peter Joseph Handcock|
|Born||17 February 1868|
near Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia
|Died||27 February 1902 (aged 34)|
Pretoria, South African Republic
|Years of service||1899 – 1902|
|Unit||1st New South Wales Mounted Rifles|
|Battles/wars||Second Boer War|
His execution, "which had been carried out without the knowledge and consent of the Australian government", was and remains a controversial issue in Australia.
He was apprenticed to a blacksmith at age 12, and later worked as a blacksmith with the Railways Department.
He married Bridget Alice Mary Martin on 15 July 1888, and they had two sons and a daughter.
He served in South Africa with the 1st New South Wales Mounted Rifles, and was promoted to Farrier-Sergeant.
| Photo of the grave of Morant and Handcock.|
Source:Genealogical Society of South Africa
Handcock and Morant were convicted, court martialed, found guilty, and executed in Pretoria by a firing squad drawn from the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders on 27 February 1902 on murder charges for shooting nine Boer prisoners.
In 2010, petitions were submitted for the review of the convictions of Handcock and his colleagues.