Charles Evan Hancock Memorial - Condobolin RSL Club
Marble wall tablet with portrait of Private Charles Evan Hancock surrounded by a laurel wreath with crossed rifles.
Charles Evan (Tam) Hancock was employed as junior clerk with the C.B.C. Bank at Port Macquarie in 1909. He transferred to Condobolin where he was ledger keeper in 1915.
On 25 April 1915 Charles Evan Hancock enlisted at Liverpool N.S.W. He took an oath of service to the King 18 May 1915 and was appointed to the 6th Reinforcements 2nd Battalion 15 June 1915. The next day he embarked 'Karoola' for service overseas.
On 25 July 1915 he sent a postcard from Heliopolis Egypt to his brother Robert writing 'Expect to be in the firing line within a fortnight. Love from Tarn'.
He joined the 2nd battalion at Gallipoli Turkey 6 August 1915 the day the offensive at Lone Pine started. The struggle over several days cost many casualties in ANZAC and Turkish armies. Officially Charles Evan Hancock's death is recorded as 7/14 August 1915. He is remembered at lone Pine Cemetery with an individual memorial which among others surrounds a common grave of soldiers fallen on this field.
At Condobolin his name appears on the Memorial in the park. In his former place of work at the Condobolin C.B.C. bank a marble and wood plaque to his memory was erected and remained there until when it was transferred to the Condobolin R.S.L. Club on 25 April 2003. A ceremony 24 May 2003 attended by officials from the National Australia Bank, the R.S.L. Club and Charles Evan Hancock's nephew David Hancock and wife and great nephew Brian Hancock marked the transfer to the new location.
[Information supplied to the Lachlan Shire Library by Mr Brian Hancock, 25th May 2003]
'This tablet was placed here in memory of Private Charles Evan Hancock who was killed at Suvla Bay 7th August 1915'