L/Cpl Hancock Arthur James Bishop

  • Year of birth: 1889
  • Place of birth: Maryborough, Victoria, Australia
  • Date of death: 13/10/1917
  • Place of death: Augustus Wood, Belgium
  • Cause of death: Killed in action (K.I.A.)
  • Age: 28
  • Profession: Farmer
  • Country: Australia
  • Rank: Lance Corporal
  • Service number: 901
  • Enlistment date: 06/03/1916
  • Enlistment place: Horsham, Victoria, Australia
  • Last known unit: Australian Infantry, 38th Bn.
  • Force: Australian Imperial Force

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Lance Corporal Arthur James Bishop served in C coy of the 38th Battalion AIF (part of the 3th Division, 10th Brigade)

The former farmer enlisted in Horsham on March 6th 1916 and sailed from Melbourne the 20th June1916 to the UK and later France. On 4th June 1917 he was appointed Lance Corporal but 3 days later, on 7th June he get wounded by gun shot in head and arm while in action in Messines. After a period in the 1st Canadian General Hospital in Etaples he could rejoin his unit on 8th September 1917 to participate in the Battle of Passchendaele.

During the battle on 12th October 1917 the 10th Brigade attacked south of the Ravebeek with the 37th, 38th and 40th Battalions and came under fire from August Wood and Waterfields in the Ravebeek bog on the left. Waterfields fell to the 40th Battalion, wich was stopped at its first objective by enfilade machine-gun fire across the valley from Bellevue pillboxes.

One party worked his way across the Ravebeek an cleared 3 pillboxes but was stopped by heavy rifle and MG fire.and had to rejoin the main body during the next night of 12/13th October, where the 38th joined the remnants of the 37th and 40th. Casualties had been so severe that further advance was impossible, especially as the New Zealand troops on the left had failed to get forward.

Consequently the senior officer officer present, major Gielin (40th Bttn) ordered a retirement to approximately the jumping off line and consolidated there about 3 p.m. and held this line in conjunction with the remainder of the 38th.
It was during this events that lance corporal Athur James Bishop was hit by shellfire.
His adopted brother Albert John Hancock fell one day later some miles further away.
As his remains were never found, he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Panel 25 , stone M.