Cyril Henry Hancock
Serial No. 17227
2nd Divisional Ammunition Column
Cyril Henry Hancock - Information
Cyril Henry Hancock was born in Penrith c1893. As the war raged on, the Hancocks had moved to the Camden area, residing in Menangle. Here, Cyril worked as a railway clerk, before deciding to enlist in the AIF, joining up at Warren on the 14th of January 1916, aged 23. Commencing his training, he was made a Gunner with the Australian Field Artillery. At the beginning of April, he was stationed to the 6th Reinforcements, 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column. He boarded the HMAT Warilda in Sydney on the 22nd of May 1916. He then got off the ship when it made port in Fremantle, Western Australia on the 1st of June. His service record states that he disembarked as a mental case. He was also suffering with rheumatism and found it very difficult to walk. He failed to re-embark, and was eventually sent back to Sydney onboard the Borda in mid September. He was then transported to the 2nd M & D Depot in Liverpool for treatment.