Reginald Harry Myburgh Hands

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Reginald Harry Myburgh Hands

Birthdate: (29)
Birthplace: Claremont, Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Death: April 20, 1918 (29)
France (Killed by mustard gas, WW1 - Royal Garrison Artillery)
Place of Burial: Pas de Calais, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Harry Hands, Sir, KBE and Aletta Catharina Hands, Lady, OBE
Brother of Doris Louise Myburgh Atkinson; Philip Albert Myburgh Hands and Kenneth Charles Myburgh Hands

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About Reginald Harry Myburgh Hands

Wikipedia article, Reginald Hands


Baptism at St Saviour's Anglican church in Claremont, CT: "South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004," database with images, <i>FamilySearch</i> (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-23589-13051-44?cc=1468076 : accessed 18 January 2016), South Africa > Cape of Good Hope > Cape Town, Claremont, St Saviour > Baptisms 1848-1897 > image 110 of 302; William Cullen Library, Wits University, Johannesburg.
He attended Diocesan College (Bishop's) in Rondebosch, won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford in 1907, where he graduated with BA(Hons) Law befor being called to the Middle Temple Bar in April 1911 and returning to South Africa later that year. See attached source from school journal, March 2018.
The attached source, an excerpt from South Africa's Cricketing Lawyers, gives a great deal of information about his life and also his death after being poisoned by mustard gas in France in WW1.
Also attached as a source, an article in The Old Diocesan, March 2018 gives details and pays tribute to Reginald and his father.
Google Books version of this book sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjkrer27LLKAhUDmpQKHbdUA8EQ6AEIOTAF#v=onepage&q=%22Sir%20harry%20hands%22&f=false Rugby Internationalists killed in the Great War by Nigel McCrery says that he was educated at Diocesan College (aka Bishop's, Rondebosch), won a Rhodes Scholarship and went up to Oxford to study law. He played rugby for the university and for the Barbarians. After finishing his degree he was called to the Middle Temple of the Bar before finally returning to South Africa. He then played rugby for Blackheath and cricket for Western Province and then the national team in Feb 1914 against the MCC. At the outbreak of war he joined the Imperial Light Horse and went with them to German South West Africa (now Namibia). He transferred to SA Heavy Artillery and was posted to the Western Front, where he was seconded to the Royal Garrison Artillery. He was promoted to Captain and became second in command of his battery. During the Germans' final large offensive offensive, begun on 21 March 1918, he was gassed, and succumbed to the effects of gas poisoning on 20 April 1918. 2 International caps. Photo at top of the entry.
This link to the e-book edition of the same title as above gives slighly different information, as well as a group photo of the Heavy Artillery Group. Rugby Internationalists killed in the Great War by Nigel McCrery.
Royal British Legion memorial page here.
P.9 of this document listing "The 27 England Rugby Internationals who died in World War 1" gives an autobiography and details of his wartime service.
Commonwealth Graves Commission - grave and other details.
Lives of the First World War.
Became a captain in the army during the war, but as he was not primarily a soldier by profession, this is not appended as a suffix.

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Reginald Harry Myburgh Hands's Timeline

1888
July 26, 1888
Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
September 2, 1888
Claremont, Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa
1918
April 20, 1918
Age 29
France
1918
Age 29
Pas de Calais, France