Thomas Hancock

The 1881 Census shows the Hancock family living in West Haddon. The Head of Household was named as Isaac Hancock aged 30 born West Haddon in1851, his wife Elizabeth aged 30 born Naseby in 1851 and their two children Ada (Lizzie) aged 5 and Thomas aged 3, both born in West Haddon.

The 1891 Census shows the household as Isaac, Elizabeth and Thomas – a scholar
The 1901 Census shows only Isaac (51) and Elizabeth (52) living in Manse Cottage, West Haddon.
Thomas joined the military in Birmingham on 3rd May, 1897 at the age of 19 years 1 month (therefore born April 1878) . His regimental number was 19908. He joined on a “Short Service” engagement, i.e. 7 years with the colours. The registration document showed him as born in Westheddon. His trade was shown as a Carter. He was 5′ 8″, weighed 132 lbs

He had quite a distinguished career as the following shows:

1-5-1898 Joined 44 Battalion Royal Artillery
25/7/1899 Bombardier
13/3/1900 98 Battalion – Promoted Corporal
1/5/1900 Extended service to 12 years
6/5/1901 2nd Battery
1/6/1903 Promoted Sergeant
4/8/1905 Sergeant Cook
15/4/1907 Reengaged
7/7/1915 B. OM. S Warrant Officer II

History

Home 3/5/1897 to 7/12/1903 6 years 219 days
India 8/12/1903 to 5/3/1914 10 years 88 days
Home 6/3/1914 to 8/6/1917 3 years 95 days
Egypt 9/6/1917 to 1/5/1918 327 days
On board ship 2/5/1918 to 10/5/1918 9 days
France 11/5/1918 to 17/7/1918 68 days
Home 18/7/1918 to 1/8/1918 15 days
France 2/8/1918

Thomas married Mary Edwards, Spinster at Athlone on 17th January, 1907. There was one child of the marriage John Isaac Thomas born 15/11/1913. John died in 1944.
Thomas’s father Isaac died in 1930 while living in Daventry. His mother Elizabeth died in 1936 while living in Brixworth.

(Jim Blakey 21st November, 2015)