The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Lance Sergeant W E Hancock


Lance Serjeant William Ernest HANCOCK, L/10399, 8th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, death assumed on or after 21st March 1918.

Born Chelsea, Middlesex, son of Albert and Kate Hancock, of 65, Selkirk Road, Tooting, London.

1911 Census - 113 High Street, Wandsworth, SW - Albert Hancock, head, age 43, married, butcher, butcher manager, worker, born Chelsea; Kate Hancock, wife, age 34, married 19 years, 10 children, all still alive, born Winslow, Cheshire; Albert Hancock, son, age 16, single, butcher, butchers assistant, worker, born Chelsea; Gerty Hancock, daughter, age 14, at home, born Chelsea; William Hancock, son, age 12, school, born Chelsea; Violet Hancock, daughter, age 12, school, born Wandsworth; Winifred Hancock, daughter, age 8, school, born Wandsworth; Francis Hancock, daughter, age 8, school, born Wandsworth; Elsie Hancock, daughter, age 5, school, born Wandsworth; Edwin Hancock, son, age 3, home, born Wandsworth; Ivy Hancock, daughter, age 1, home, born Wandsworth.

Formerly served in East Surrey Regiment, 21st October 1913 to 1st July 1914.

Enlisted Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey, age 17, height 5ft 3 inches, weight 113lbs.  Resided Tooting, SW 17. Formerly butcher.

Home, 2nd July 1914 to 30th September 1915; BEF, 1st October 1915 to 21st March 1918.

2nd July 1914, enlisted;  11th to 19th October 1914, awaiting trial; 20th October 1914, Court Martial, Whilst on Active Service disobeying a command given to him; in detention 20th October to 6th December 1914, 9 days remitted for good conduct.

29th February 1916, appointed Lance Corporal ; 2nd March 1916, wounded, shell wound, scalp;  13th June 1916, promoted Corporal; 13th December 1917, promoted Lance Sergeant.

Commemorated at Pozieres Memorial, Panel 58 and 59., France.

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