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John HANCOCK - D.C.M.
« on: Sunday 31 January 16 15:42 GMT (UK) »
Hi

I am searching for the military records for the above, he was born 2 March 1890 in Camrose.  He died 21 March 1978.  His grave is in Camrose Baptist Church, it says on his gravestone that he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.  I have been unable to find his military records, any help would be appreciated.

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Susie

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Re: John HANCOCK - D.C.M.
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 31 January 16 17:14 GMT (UK) »
Over 60% of WW1 service records were burnt in the WW2 blitz.  Those that survived are on Ancestry or FindMyPast etc

If you have already checked those sites then his record was probably one of those destroyed

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Re: John HANCOCK - D.C.M.
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 31 January 16 17:50 GMT (UK) »
Do you have any other details for his service?  Corps or Service Number?

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Re: John HANCOCK - D.C.M.
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 31 January 16 17:53 GMT (UK) »
This would appear to be the man you are researching even though this one has a 's' on the end of his surname  :)

Citation fro DCM -

320016 A/CSM J Hancocks 24th Bn (Camrose, Pembroke)
For conspicuous devotion to duty, ability and leadership as platoon commander. He has on various occasions lead his platoon, setting an excellent example to all ranks. (11.3.20)

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Added -

It is available to view -

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/31819/supplement/3047

Also published in the The Edinburgh Gazette, 15 March 1920

However no military records found  ???


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Re: John HANCOCK
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 31 January 16 18:05 GMT (UK) »
This would appear to be the man you are researching even though this one has a 's' on the end of his surname  :)

Citation fro DCM -

320016 A/CSM J Hancocks 24th Bn (Camrose, Pembroke)
For conspicuous devotion to duty, ability and leadership as platoon commander. He has on various occasions lead his platoon, setting an excellent example to all ranks. (11.3.20)

JJ

Medal Card shows DCM awarded 3 June 1919.  Available from National Archives:  http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D6109527

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Re: John HANCOCK - D.C.M.
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 31 January 16 18:26 GMT (UK) »
The date (11.3.20) refers to the date on the Supplement to the London Gazette.

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Re: John HANCOCK - D.C.M.
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 31 January 16 20:11 GMT (UK) »
24th (Pembroke and Glamorgan Yeomanry)  Welsh Regiment.  Action in Palestine 1917-18.  War Diary, unfortunately not digitised, at http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C7359765.  Would very likely have more detail.

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Re: John HANCOCK - D.C.M.
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 31 January 16 21:38 GMT (UK) »
Hi

Thank you all so much for your help

Susie