Born: 22 June 1898 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Surname also spelled Hancocks.
Family: He was the eldest of three children born to Edward Hancocks, a labourer, and his wife Elizabeth. He married Elsie M Peake in 1933 in Whitchurch and together they had three children – Thomas E, Cyril W and Sylvia D.
Residence: In 1901 the family were living at 18 Yardington, Whitchurch where they continued to live until at least 1919. In 1939, William and Elsie were living at 31 Talbot Street, Whitchurch.
Employment: He was a tailor.
Died: June 1946 in Whitchurch, aged 47.
Regiment: The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) (previously Army Service Corps)
Service Number: 24474 (previously 91432)
Date of Enlistment: 12 July 1916
Date of Discharge: 21 October 1919
Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation