Pte Hancock Albert John

  • Year of birth: 1882
  • Place of birth: Donald, Victoria, Australia
  • Date of death: 14/10/1917
  • Place of death: South of Westhoek, Belgium
  • Cause of death: Killed in action (K.I.A.)
  • Age: 35
  • Profession: Farmer
  • Religion: Unknown
  • Country: Australia
  • Rank: Private
  • Service number: 4506
  • Enlistment date: 03/08/1915
  • Enlistment place: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Last known unit: Australian Infantry, 57th Bn.
  • Force: Australian Imperial Force

Memorial

Distinctions and medals 2

British War Medal Medal
Victory Medal Medal

Additional information

Private Albert John Hancock worked as farmer labourer before enlisting on 3 August 1915 in
Melbourne at the age of 33. He served in the 57th Battalion A.I.F., part of the 15th Australian Brigade, 5th Australian Division. On 13 October 1917 the Battalion moved to Westhoek Ridge, and from there moved forward to take over from the 31th Battalion in the support lines. The companies worked on improving the trenches and positions. The next day they also completed duckboard walks and carried screws and wire to the front line. Due to heavy shelling on the support ridge the battalion suffered a few casualties. Private Albert John Hancock must have been one of these victims. He was an adopted brother to lc Arthur James Bishop Hancock of the 57th Battalion A.I.F. who was killed the day before. As his remains were never found, he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, 29 M.

Connection to other soldiers 1

Hancock Arthur James Bishop Adopted Brother (Cousin)

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