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Thomas Reginald Handley was born at 13 Threlfall Street, in Toxteth Park, on 17th January l892. His father, John, a cow keeper, died soon after Tommy’s birth. Tommy, like so many performers before and since, discovered a talent at school for making people laugh, and he took part in concerts at St. Michael’s school in Aigburth, and at Toxteth Congregational Church. He had a fine voice, and sang in the choir there.

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