John Eric Handcock 7th October 1930 – 11th January 2021

This morning while reading Windlesora No.36 I was reminded, for the third time this week, of Mr John Handcock who passed recently.

John Handcock was a stalwart of local society, kind hearted, a real gentleman with many interests and talents. A member of many clubs in the town, including Windsor Local History Group, who I knew through our membership of Windsor & Eton Rotary Club. A friend to Royalty and commoner alike. Always with a smile, a font of wisdom, open to questions with plenty of solutions 😉

Windlesora No.36

Page 34, “When Cricket Saved the Day” is his contribution, a tale of a doodlebug hitting Dedworth’s Council incinerator while he was scorer for a first XI cricket match in his last summer at the Junior School of the Imperial Services College in Alma Road! His story follows another about the same incident, from the perspective of a wool shop owner and her allotment loving hubby. You should get yourself a copy.

I shot this video of John talking wine at his home in Englefield Green a few years back!

I took the featured image above at a dinner, hosted at Victoria Barracks, where the Rotary Club presented a cheque to Prince Edward in his capacity as chair of The Prince Philip Trust Fund of which John was very much a part.

He was a real gentleman and didn’t feel it fitting to take photos at such events but I’m glad I did xx

Thank you for your support when asked.


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