Born: 25 July 1874 in Wales (the birth was registered in Holywell, Flintshire, although this is not the exact location in the census records). His surname is also recorded as Hancocks.
Family: He was the fourth of five children to William Hancock, a coachman, and his wife Ann. He married Emma Whittaker on 8 April 1908 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and together they had five children – Elizabeth Ann, Emma, May, Mary and Samuel.
Residence: His birth was registered in Holywell, Flintshire, Wales. By 1881 the family were living at 41 Newtown, Whitchurch, Shropshire. In 1891 James was living as a servant at Moorfields, Tilstock Road, Whitchurch. By 1901 he was back with his family at 48 Bargates, Whitchurch. Having married, in 1911 he was living at 32 Yardington with his wife, 2 young children and mother-in-law; this was the address shown in the 1919 Absent Voters’ Register. By 1939 the family had moved to 36 Yardington where he died.
Employment: In 1891 he was a servant; in 1901 and 1911 his occupation was recorded as a groom. In 1939 he was an ironwork construction labourer.
Died: In 1955 and was buried in Whitchurch Cemetery on 12 April 1955.
Regiment: Royal Air Force (previously Royal Flying Corps and Army Service Corps)
Rank: Not known
Service Number: 127938 (previously in ASC R14/069221)
Date of Enlistment: 22 July 1915
Date of Discharge: 20 November 1920
Reason for Discharge: Completion of service