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Name: Henry Hancock

Burial Number: 0469

Gender: Male

Occupation: Clergyman

Distinction: ‘House of Mercy’ Chaplain

Born: 24/12/1843

Died: 18/08/1905

Buried: 22/08/1905


Henry Charles Hancock 1843 – 1905

Amiable, clergyman, Henry Charles Hancock, lived his life amongst poor people. He championed the ‘fallen women’ of the House of Mercy and the ‘waifs and strays’ of Kilburn after spending many years  in diocesan training colleges in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and working as a vicar in Australia. Henry was also Chaplain to the armed forces in Gall. He married twice, firstly in Ceylon to Emma Elizabeth who bore his child Bernard Matthew Ondaanatjie Hancock, and then to Rose Augusta Frances Smith. 


Henry Charles Hancock was born on Christmas Eve in 1843 in the town of Bath, Wiltshire. His parents were Charles Hancock (1815-1892), a lodging housekeeper from Gloucester  and Anne Osborne (1815-1855), from Eckington, Worcestershire.

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The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 2 Plot: 47

Exact Location (what3words): dots.tame.palms

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



Marble recumbent cross set in ground


None Found - Listed in Heene Cemetery Index of Graves

Further Information


Name: Henry Charles Hancock

Gender: Male

Born: 24/12/1843

Town: Bath

County: Wiltshire

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 14/10/1897

Spouse First Name: Rose

Spouse Second Name: Augusta

Spouse Last Name: Smith

Town of Marriage: Westminster

County of Marriage: Middlesex

Country of Marriage: England

Marriage Date: //1869

Spouse First Name: Emma

Spouse Second Name: Elizabeth

Town of Marriage: Lambeth

County of Marriage: Middlesex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 18/08/1905

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Holland Lodge

Address line 3: St. Botolph’s Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Worthing Gazette 23rd August 1905


His Varied Clerical  Career.

We regret to record the death of the Rev. Henry Charles Hancock, of Holland Lodge, St. Botolph’s-road, Worthing. The deceased gentleman, who was of a singularly amiable disposition, and was sixty-one years of age, had had a varied and interesting clerical career, and had spent much time abroad. He was at one time Diocesan Chaplain at Kurnnegala, and afterwards Principal of the Diocesan Training College and College School, and Citrate of SL Paul, Kandy, from 1t179 to 1880. For two years subsequently be served as Acting Chaplain and officiating Chaplain to the Forces at Galls. Later he. was Incumbent of St. Joseph’s, Rockland, Tasmania, and also Acting Incumbent of St. David’s Cathedral. Hobart, Tasmania, and Christ Church, South Tarn, Melbourne, Victoria. He was connected with St. Augustine’s, Kilburn, tram 11388 to 189 – 4, and was Wardell of St.’s Diocesan House of Mercy, at Great Maplestead, until 1898.

A Curacy at St. Boltoph’s

A little later Mr. Hancock had charge, for a time, of Chelmsford Pariah Church, and is February 1898 he became Curate of St. Boltoph’s, Heene, but was able to hold the appointment for a very short time only. The Parish Magazine of July of that year made the announcement that he had been compelled to relinquish the Curacy through ill-health; the Rector adding that “many who recognised Mr. Hancock’s ability to fulfil the position he undertook in February last will regret the very short time his health allowed him to work here”.  Mr. Hancock continued to reside at West Worthing, and in the May number of the Chichester Diocesan Gazette, in 1900, it was announced that he had received the Bishop’s licence to preach in the Diocese. The funeral took place yesterday afternoon. The first part of the service was held at St. Andrew’s Church, and the interment took place at Heene Cemetery. The arrangements were carried out by Messrs. E. Snewit and Son.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £468 16 s 3 d

Current value of effects: Not calculated

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