Born: 1885, Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire.
Died: 23rd May 1902; age: 17; Died of Disease at Klerksdorp, North West Province, South Africa.
Residence (with his mother): 3, Springfield Terrace, 15, Marshall Road, Cherry Hinton, Cambridgeshire.
Enlistment Date: 5th June 1900.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 5666.
Regiment: 28th Mounted Infantry, Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion, South Africa Field Force.
Clasps Awarded: Transvaal + South Africa 1901 medal & South Africa 1902 medal – issued 28th August 1903.
1891 Hay Street, Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire.
Sidney was 6 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
George Hancock, 50, an Agricultural Labourer, born Fulbourn.
Clara Hancock (nee Lester), 46, born Weston Colville, Cambridgeshire.
Herbert George Hancock, an Agricultural Labourer, 22, born Fulbourn.
Frank Hancock, 17, an Agricultural Labourer, born Fulbourn.
Charles William Hancock, 13, an Agricultural Labourer, born Fulbourn.
Lilian Anne Hancock, 11, born Fulbourn.
Clara Margaret Hancock, 10, born Fulbourn.
Ethel Mary Hancock, 8, born Fulbourn.
Victoria Evelyn Hancock, 1, born Fulbourn.
Soldiers’ Effects to George Hancock – father, of Hay Street, Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire.
Sidney’s brother, Charles William Hancock lost his life during the First World War, when H.M.S. ‘Cressy’ was sunk by a German submarine in the North Sea, 22nd September 1914. Charles was ranked a Private, service number: CH/7691, for the Royal Marines Light Infantry. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Charles was 40 years old, married with children, their family home was at Luton, Chatham, Kent.
One of the notable Battles with a large loss of Suffolk life was the “Battle of Suffolk hill” at Colesberg, Northern Cape 5th- 6th January 1900. The hill was originally called Red or Grassy Hill. The Suffolk regiment was ordered to make a night attack on a Boer position on the heights, four companies, 354 of all ranks, set out at midnight under the command of Col. Watson. The Suffolks were met by a storm of bullets. The Colonel was amongst the first to fall, and the party later retired with 11 officers and 150+ men killed, wounded or captured.