Thomas Hancock

Private Thomas Hancock served with 1st Battalion Welch Regiment during World War Two. He fought at El Alamein in 1942 before dying in Germany in July the same year.

Private

Thomas Hancock

3957970

Private Thomas Hancock (3957970) served with the 1st Battalion Welch Regiment during World War Two.

He was the husband of Kathleen Hancock of Belfast, Co. Antrim. Thomas died while serving in Germany on 4th July 1942 aged 28 years old.

Welch Regiment in World War Two

1st Battalion Welch Regiment was in North Africa at the time. They suffered heavy losses, being overrun by Erwin Rommel’s Afrika Corps. The Desert Fox’s troops swept through Cyrenaica and Libya in the First Battle of El Alamein. It is likely that Private Hancock found himself in Germany as a prisoner of war.

Thomas Hancock’s grave is in Section 11, Row M, Grave 17 of the 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany. His headstone bears the inscription “please pray for the soul of my dear husband Thomas. RIP.”

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