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Herbert Claude HANCOCK

Regimental number1665
Place of birthDigby, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressDigby, via Merino, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 5.5"
Weight124 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs. Violet Hancock, Digby, via Merino, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (exempt area under Compulsory Military Training scheme: 'distance')
Enlistment date22 February 1916
Place of enlistmentHamilton, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name60th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/77/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 4 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Photo: Ian Marr
Discharge date14 August 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 4 May 1916; disembarked Suez, 10 June 1916.

Taken on strength, 5th Division Details, Tel el Kebir, 9 July 1916.

Found guilty, 24 July 1916, of (1) being absent without leave from 0900, 22 July, to 0900, 24 July 1916; (2) conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline, being in possession of a forged pass: awarded 168 hours' Field Punishment No 2.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 August 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 8 August 1916.

Proceeded to England (date not recorded), and marched in to 15th Training Bn, 21 August 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 11 November 1916; taken on strength, 58th Bn, in the field, 17 December 1916.

Wounded in action, 13 May 1917 (shrapnel wound, left ankle), and admitted to 14th Field Ambulance, and transferred to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station; to 32nd Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, 15 May 1917; to England, 17 May 1917, and admitted to Princess Christian Military Hospital, Englefield Green, Surrey, 19 May 1917 (gun shot wound, left foot); transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 8 June 1917; discharged on furlough, 15 June 1917, to report to No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 29 June 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 6 August 1917; rejoined 58th Bn, in the field, 27 August 1917.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'Orontes', 15 May 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 28 June 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Melbourne, 14 August 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death9 March 1975
Age at death77
Place of burialDigby Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, HANCOCK Herbert Claude

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