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HANCOCK Robert Norman

Service: Australian Army
Service number: VX 58990
Locality on Enlistment: Bacchus Marsh
Duration of Service: 6 May 1941 – 14 Jul 1945
Prisoner of War: No
Honours: Military Cross
Date and Place of Birth: 25 Jul 1919 Colac
Parents: John Norman HANCOCK and Beryl Josephine Marion VAN ASSCHE
Spouse: Pamela Hamilton EDDISON (later div.)
School/s: Melbourne Grammar
Occupation: Public Servant
Date and Place of Death: 5 May 1984 Canberra
Place of Burial: Gunghalin Cemetery Canberra

NOTES: Captain Robert Norman (Bob) Hancock was awarded a Military Cross (MC) for his role in a series of actions against the Japanese on Bobdubi Ridge, where the actions of his company was a factor in the defeat of the Japanese at Salamaua. He served as Officer Commanding of this unit 1943 to 1944, and, from March 1945 as a member of Z Special unit. He was born at Colac, Vic, and prior to enlistment he was studying at University in Melbourne. His letters are held in the Private Records collection at the Memorial (PR91/052).