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On 14 January 1915, the Express & Star proudly stated that Wolverhampton pastor’s son, Rev. T. W. Hancox, had been appointed by the War Office as acting chaplain to the forces. At the time of the appointment he was a junior to the Rev. A. T. Guttery at Prince’s Avenue Methodist Church in Liverpool. An accomplished athlete and linguist (he was planning to teach French to the soldiers), he had also spent four years as the principal of Oron Native Training Institute in West Africa. The article stated that he was 30 years old and was married.

The son of the Reverend Edward Hancox and Emma Wilkes, Thomas was born in Walsall in 1884. In 1891 they were living at 223 Nantwich Road, Crewe, together with Thomas’s sister Gertrude and brother Stanley. By 1901 they were at 6 Dudley Street, Rowley Regis, together with additional siblings Eva Isabel and Arthur E. Thomas had become a pupil teacher. I have, however, found a possible marriage record for a Thomas William Hancox in Wolverhampton, registered in Dec 1900, so it seems slightly odd that he would still be living with his parents and marked as single in 1901.

I have not been able to track him further, presumably because of his period abroad.

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