George Draycott Hancock (1883–1948)


Royal Engineers 168231 & W/R 256033  

Photo courtsy Rosemary Hall

George Draycott Hancock

Born and raised at Crich, George lived 1883-1948. He was the grandson of George Curzon – one of Crich’s great characters – and inherited much property at Crich from his grandfather. He married in 1906 and had a son and three daughters. The family settled at King’s Norton, Birmingham, where George became clerk of works for the Midland Railway. During WW1, he served with a workshop company of the Royal Engineers, with the rank of corporal. Later relocated to Kettering, Northants.

As he was late addition to the research, George’s name could not be included on the 2018 WW1 Roll of Honour.

Medal Index card
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals

Absent Voters' List; Kings Norton
14 Ashmore Road Hancock, Geo Draycott 168231; Cpl; 78 (Brd,Gge. Wkshop Co) RE

Spring 1919
14 Ashmore Road Hancock, Geo Draycott W/R/2/56033; Cpl; 78 (Brd,Gge. Wkshop Co) RE


1891: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Hancock Head 58 Farmer Dale Abbey
Sarah Hancock wife 46   Crich
George Draycott Hancock son 8 scholar Crich
Mary Hancock daughter 5 scholar Crich
Ellen Elizabeth Bollington servant 58 domestic servant South Normanton

RG12 piece 2746 folio 91 page8

1901: 27, Victoria Road, Horninglow, Burton upon Trent

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
George D Hancock boarder (single) 18 Builder's apprentice Crich

RG13 piece 2645 folio 111 page39

[Lodging with the Adamson family]

1911: 14 Ashmore Road, Kings Norton

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
George Draycott Hancock Head (married) 28 Clerk of Works (Building) Mid, Railway Crich
Mary Ellen Hancock wife 32   Settle, Yorks
John Hancock son 4   Manchester
Sarah Phebe Hancock daughter 3   Manchester
Dorothy Mary Hancock daughter 3 mo   Kings Norton
Lilian Bertha Dayson step-daughter 10 School Burley, Yorks

RG14 17837 0443

1939 Register: Baxton Seagrave Hall Hotel
Hancock George D, b. 31 March 1883, widower; Hotel houseman
[With 13 other management, workers]