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Francis William HANCOCK

Regimental number390
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
Address20 Belmont Road, Ilfracombe, North Devon
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 7.5"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinFather, Thomas Hancock, 20 Belmont Road, Ilfracombe, North Devon, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 February 1915
Place of enlistmentRockhampton, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Medical Corps Details
FateReturned to Australia 19 October 1918
Discharge date29 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked for active service abroad, 29 June 1915.

Embarked Alexandria and proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 4 September 1915. Disembarked Alexandria from HT 'Hororata', 9 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Embarked Alexandria and proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Force, 14 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 19 March 1916; granted leave to England, 27 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 29 July 1916 (gun shot wound, left leg); admitted to 44th Casualty Clearing Station, 31 July 1916; to Ambulance Train, 31 July 1916; admitted to 8th Stationary Hospital, 31 July 1916 (seriously ill). Proceeded to England for further treatment, 7 August 1916; admitted to Welsh War Hospital, Whitchurch, 8 August 1916; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, 17 November 1916. Marched into No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, from furlough, 11 January 1917.

Found guilty at Wareham, 19 January 1917, of being absent without leave, 3.30 pm, 12 January, to 4.00 pm, 16 January 1917: admonished by superior officer; forfeited total of 5 days' pay; marched into No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 14 March 1917. Transferred to Australian Army Medical Corps details, 16 May 1917; attached to No 3 Convalescent Depot for duty, 16 May 1917; classified PB, 14 August 1917; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 15 May 1918; marched into No 2 Command Depot from School detachment, 27 July 1918; moved out from depot, 12 August 1918; marched into Administration Headquarters, London, 14 August 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on HT 'Sardinia', 19 October 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 27 December 1918, for onward travel to 1st Military District. Discharged on account of being medically unfit for continued service, Brisbane, 29 July 1919 (fractured left femur).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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