LEST WE FORGET

Lieutenant John Mervyn HANCOCK

From Australia serving in the Royal Air Force

Service No: 2063 (Australian Army)
Born: Omeo VIC, March 1894
Enlisted in the Army: 31 March 1915
Unit: No. 30 Training Depot Station, Northolt
Died: Aircraft Accident, England, 1 March 1919, Aged 25 Years
Buried: Ruislip (St Martin) Churchyard Extension, Middlesex
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Horace Albert and Clara Maggie Hancock, of Prince of Wales Hotel, 25 Fitzroy Street, St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia. Late Australian Imperial Force

On 4 April 1917, Lieutenant Hancock resigned from the Australian Army and accepted a Commission in the British Army.

During a ferry flight on 1 March 1919, Sopwith Snipe aircraft E6157 flown by Lieutenant Hancock caught fire in flight and involuntary looped, throwing him from the aircraft and he was killed.

References:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record B2455, HANCOCK J M
National Archives UK RAF Casualty Book AIR 1/969 page 28, 119721

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