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: Waterfields, Belgium
  • Cause of death: Killed in action (K.I.A.)
  • Age: 28
  • Profession: Farmer
  • Religion: Unknown
  • 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


Distinctions and medals 2

British War Medal Medal
Victory Medal Medal

Additional information

Lance Corporal Arthur James Bishop Hancock served in C Company of the 38th Battalion A.I.F., 10th Australian Brigade, 3rd Australian Division. The former farmer enlisted in Horsham on 6 March 1916 and sailed on 20 June 1916 from Melbourne to the UK and later France.

On 4 June 1917 he was appointed Lance Corporal. Three days later, on 7 June he suffered a gunshot wound to the head and arm while in action in Messines. After recovering in the 1st Canadian General Hospital in Etaples he could rejoin his unit on 8 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 Battalion. The 38th Bn. was allotted the 3rd or final objective, a line beyond the village of Passchendaele. The battalion formed up on its tapes, C Coy. were to function as moppers up. Waterfields fell to the 40th Battalion. The 38th Battalion joined remnants of the 37th Battalion past Waterfields. But the advance suffered heavily from machine gun fire. The 10th Australian Brigade eventually had to pull back to approximately its jumping off line. The 38th Battalion held the new consolidated line until they were relieved during the night of 13/14 October. It was during this attack that lance corporal Arthur James Bishop Hancock was killed by a shell. His adopted brother Albert John Hancock suffered the same faith and was killed just one day later.

Connection to other soldiers 2

Hancock Albert John Adopted Brother (Cousin)
Hancock Albert John Adopted Brother (Cousin)

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