Pte
Albert John Hancock

Information about birth

Year of birth:
1882
Place of birth:
Donald, Victoria, Australia

General information

Profession:
Farmer

Army information

Country:
Australia
Force:
Australian Imperial Force
Rank:
Private
Service number:
4506
Enlistment date:
03/08/1915
Enlistment place:
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Units:
 —  Australian Infantry, 57th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
14/10/1917
Place of death:
Westhoek, Zonnebeke, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
35

Memorial

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 3

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place
#3 ‘Place of death’

My story

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

Arthur James Bishop Hancock 
Adopted Brother (Cousin)

Files 1