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Vivian Richard Claude HANCOCK

Regimental number1772
Place of birthJunee, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm labourer
AddressSandy Creek, via Barellan, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height9' 8.75"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Hancock, Sandy Creek, via Barellan, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 January 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 17 March 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 06-9 August 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Given name Vivian Richard
Date of death8 August 1915
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 22), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
40
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Alice HANCOCK, Wilga Vale, Barellan, New South Wales. Native of Junee
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1771 Pte Thomas Valentine HANCOCK, 4th Bn, killed in action, 6-9 August 1915.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Taken on strength, 4th Bn, Gallipoli, 31 May 1915.

Killed in action, Gallipoli, 6-9 August 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HANCOCK Vivian Richard Claude

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