George Hugh Hancox was born at Rock, Bewdley, Worcester, and his birth is registered in the September Quarter 1885 under the Cleobury M. Registration District. His parents were Henry and Emma Hancox, née Savage. George’s father was a bricklayer and George was their first child, born at Rock, Worcestershire. His parents other children were Edgar followed by Hugh, Mabel, Florence and Harold. On the 1891 census, when George is 5 years old, the family are living at Sutton Common Kidderminster. By 1901 the family are all at 2 Whispering Street, Wribbenhall, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, and George is a Greengrocers Assistant. On the 1911 census George is in Rugby and is living at 79 York Street with the Rogers family and he is Greengrocers Assistant. He was a member of St. Matthews & Brotherhood Choirs and a member of the Early Closes Football Club and was well known and popular the town. George enlisted at Rugby and was with the 6th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He had been in France about 6 weeks and was at the Battle of the Somme when he received his fatal wounds and died 27th August 1916 and was buried at Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery. Mr. E. C. Badham gave notice to The Rugby Advertiser of his death. George had been employed by Mr. Badham for between 8 to 9 years and said that George had his home at Kidderminster. Mr Badham was a Greengrocer and Fruiterer at 31a High Street, Rugby. George Hugh Hancox is remembered on the World War 1 memorial at Wribbenhall All Saints Church and appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral under Wribbenhall casualties with the information: 20274 The Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Under Army Soldiers Effects 5th December 1916 George’s parents received £4 9s 3d and later received a war gratuity for £3 0s 0d sent June 1919
In the Probate Calendar it reads
George Hugh Hancox of Florentine Terrace Wribbenhall Worcestershire Private 7th battalion Royal Warwickshire died 27th August 1916 on active service in France. Probate Worcester 7th November to Emma Hancox (wife of Henry Hancox) and the said Henry Hancox bricklayer. Effects:- £365 10s 8d.
George received posthumously The Victory Medal and the British Medal.
Private George Hugh Hancox
Service Number 20732
Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Buried Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery
Grave/Memorial Reference:- ll. A. 1.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM