HANCOCK Ralph Longhurst
Regiment : 8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : R0
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action aged 24 on 27th August 1917
Buried : Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, Panel 75 to 77.
Birthplace : Kent
Relatives : Son of Sardius and Mary Jane Hancock, of Glenfield, Malvern: husband of Ada Dorothy Hancock, of 18, Church Rd., Malvern, Worcestershire
Memorial : Malvern WW1 War Memorial
Also appears on : Worcester Guildhall
Credits : Additional information researched and transcribed by Andy Frisby.
Born Kent, appears as resident in Worcester on the 1911 census, married Ada D. Smith in Worcester in 1915.
The Hancock family resided in Worcester until approximately 1914. Ralph’s father, Sardius, was the District Superintendent of the United Kingdom Alliance (a temperance society), a well- respected job in the community hence Ralph and his brother Wilfred are commemorated on Worcester Guildhall Memorial.
The following information has been researched by Michael Castle.
De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour
HANCOCK, RALPH LONGHURST, Lieut., 2/8th (Territorial) Battn. The Worcestershire Regt., s. of Sardius Hancock, of The Pastures, Upper Housell, Malvern Link, Lecturer, by his wife, Mary Jane, dau. of Joseph Green Longhursy; b. Harbledown, co. Kent, 7 Aug. 1893: educ. Hollingbourne and Harrietsham, co. Kent, and St John’s, Worcester; was apprenticed at the Royal Porcelain Works as a Painter on China; afterwards became a Journalist on the staff of the “Worcestershire Echo”; enlisted in the Royal Sussex Regt. (Cyclists Corps) 15 June, 1915; obtained a commission as 2nd Lieut. 31 Dec. following, being promoted Lieut. 25 July, 1917; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders, and was killed in action 27 Aug. 1917. His Commanding Officer wrote: “In the action in which he was killed he was leading his platoon in a splendid manner against a very strong position amidst very heavy fire. All his work, and especially his conduct during his last action, proved him to be a very brave and gallant soldier.” He m. at Worcester, 10 June, 1915, Ada Dorothy, dau, of Samuel Smith, and had a dau., Joan Dorothy, b. 17 Nov. 1916.
The following information has been researched by Sandra Taylor:
Malvern News 8th September 1917
2/Lieut R L Hancock, Worcestershire Regiment (the second son of Mr Sardius Hancock of Malvern Link) was killed in action 27th July. He joined the Royal West Surrey Regt as a cyclist and after serving for some months was given a commission in the Worcestershire Regiment. He was in the fighting at the Somme in the summer of last year and had his leg broken and was invalided home. When he recovered he went to a camp in Yorkshire for a time and went to France recently. He was married and leaves one child. One of his brothers was reported missing in the Somme fighting and a third is at Salonika. Before joining, Hancock was a reporter on the staff of the Worcester Echo. He had a genial character and was popular with his comrades.
Ralph Hancock has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Tyne Cot Memorial.