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
  • 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

Additional information

Private Albert John Hancock worked as farmer labourer when he enlisted on the 3th August 1915 in
Melbourne at the age of 33 but he arrived only overseas in June 1916.
He served at the 57th Battalion, part of the 5th Division, 15th Brigade.
On 13th October 1917 the Battalion arrived at Westhoek Ridge, where they were carrying engineers
material. They collected detached parties prepairing to move up to support lines.
When the shelling in the afternoon and evening is normal, the companies worked on improving the
trenches and positions. There are no parties supplied during the night.
During the day of the 14th October 1917 the shelling was very heavy on the three corps on the
suppport ridge causing a few casualties
One of these victims must have been private Albert John Hancock.
He was an adopted brother to lc Arthur James Bishop Hancock who fell the day before some miles
further away.
As his remains were never found, he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Panel 29 ,
stone M.