|Place of birth||Maryborough, Victoria|
|School||State School, Avon Plains and Cannum West.|
|Age at embarkation||26|
|Next of kin||Father, James Bishop Hancock, Aubrey, Warracknabeal, Victoria|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||38th Battalion, C Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/55/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Lance Corporal|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||38th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Passchendaele, Ypres, Belgium|
|Age at death from cemetery records||28|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 25), Belgium
The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.
The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.
Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
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|Parents: James and Amy HANCOCK, Aubrey, Victoria|
|Family/military connections||Brother: 4506 Pte Albert John HANCOCK, 57th Bn, killed in action, 14 October 1917; second brother who left Australia and joined the Imperial Force; also Cousin (adopted brother - possibly 4506 Albert John HANCOCK), both killed in action.|
War service: Western Front
Embarked from Melbourne, 20 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 10 August 1916.
Proceeded overseas to France, 22 November 1916.
Admitted to 10th Field Ambulance, 16 December 1916; transferred to 7th General Hospital, St Omer, 18 December 1916; rejoined unit, 8 January 1917.
Appointed Lance Corporal, 4 June 1917.
Wounded in action, 7 June 1917 (gun shot wound, head and arm); admitted to 1st Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 8 June 1917; rejoined unit, 8 September 1917.
Reported missing in action, 13 October 1917; Court of Enquiry determined fate as 'killed in action, 13 October 1917'.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal