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, is, and continues to be 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.
Although the defendants were found guilty of killing these enemy combatants, they were acquitted of murdering a German missionary, Reverend C.A.D. Heese.
Petitions for review of convictions and sentences
In 2010, petitions were submitted for the review of the convictions of Handcock and his colleagues.
- Court martial of Breaker Morant
- Breaker Morant (play)
- Breaker Morant (film)
- Pardons for Morant, Handcock and Witton
- The murders are often prochronistically denoted "war crimes"; a concept that did not exist at the time.
- Wallace (1983).
- Australian Boer War Memorial.
- The transcript of the committee's hearing is at Public hearings and roundtable discussions Archived 2010-05-05 at the Wayback Machine Parliament of Australia - House of Representatives
- Probate Jurisdiction, The Sydney Morning Herald, (Thursday, 23 June 1904), p.8.
- The Bushveldt Carbineers and the Pietersburg Light Horse by William (Bill) Woolmore (2002, Slouch Hat Publications Australia) ISBN 0-9579752-0-1
- Unkles, James, Ready, Aim, Fire : Major James Francis Thomas, the Fourth Victim in the Execution of Lieutenant Harry "Breaker" Morant, Sid Harta Publishers, (Glen Waverley), 2018. ISBN 978-1-9252-3050-5
- The Australian Boer War Memorial: Lieutenant Peter Handcock.
- Wallace, R.L., "Handcock, Peter Joseph (1868–1902)", pp.185-185 in B. Nairn, G. Serle, and C. Cunneen (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography: Volume 9: 1891-1939, Gil-Las, Melbourne University Press, (Carlton), 1983.