- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada
- Category Communication artifacts
- Sub-category Personal symbol
- Department Arms and Technology
- Museum CWM
- Earliest 1918/01/31
- Latest 1920/12/31
- Inscription (obverse/avers): HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR ISAAC HANDFORD; E.C.P. ; 14; (reverse/verso): W
- Materials Bronze
- Service Component Canadian Expeditionary Force
- Unit Royal Canadian Regiment
- Person / Institution Subject, Handford, Private Isaac
- Measurements Thickness 0.5 cm, Outside Diameter 12.0 cm
- Caption Medals Project- Handford, Isaac
Isaac Handford was born in Middlesbrough Yorkshire, England, on 3 January 1884. It is unclear when he immigrated to Canada.
A carpenter, Handford enlisted in the 65th Canadian Infantry Battalion (Saskatchewan) in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, on 22 July 1915. After initial training in Canada, he left for England aboard SS Corsican on 25 September 1915 with the battalion’s Reinforcement Draft, arriving there on 4 October 1915.
On 5 February 1916, Handford was transferred to the Canadian Engineer Training Depot for training in combat engineering. Two months later, he was shipped to France as part of the 7th Field Company, Canadian Engineers. After three months with that unit, he was transferred to the Royal Canadian Regiment.
On 8 October 1916, Handford was reported missing after the unsuccessful Canadian assault on Regina Trench during the Battle of the Somme. The report was changed to “killed in action” when Handford’s body was discovered.
Issac Handford is buried in Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt, France.