Harry Hands

Sir Harry Hands KBE (18 September 1860 – 17 March 1948) was a British colonial politician, who served from 1915 to 1918 as mayor of Cape Town, South Africa. He is credited with instituting the first practice in the world of an official two-minute silence to honour loss of life in conflict, following the death of his eldest son Reginald Hands in World War I, at the suggestion of councillor Robert Rutherford Brydone.[1][2]

Sir
Harry Hands
Mayor of Cape Town
In office
1912–1913
Preceded bySir Frank Smith
Succeeded byJohn Parker
In office
1915–1918
Preceded byJohn Parker
Succeeded byWilliam J. Thorne
Personal details
Born
Harry Hands

18 September 1860
Kings Norton, Worcestershire
Died17 March 1948(1948-03-17) (aged 87)
Claremont, Cape Town
Spouse(s)Aletta Catharina Myburgh
EducationKing Edward's School, Birmingham

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