John Barff Hancock

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Captain (retired) John Barff Hancock, R.N. (3 October, 1872 – 13 March, 1954) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Hancock entered Britannia in January, 1886 after placing eighth in order of merit of the forty candidates for naval cadetship that were accepted for acceptance following a round of examinations in late November, 1885.[1]

After commanding T.B. 64 in the Annual Manoeuvres of 1893, Hancock was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 14 November, 1893.

Hancock was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 25 June, 1912 and subsequently promoted to the rank of Commander (retired) on 3 October, 1912.

Hancock was promoted to the rank of Captain (retired) in recognition of services rendered during the war with a seniority date of 11 November, 1918.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Arthur H. Limpus
Captain of H.M. T.B. 64
11 Jul, 1893[2] – 14 Aug, 1893
Succeeded by
Edmund C. Carver
Preceded by
Charles Tibbits
Captain of H.M.S. Leda
18 Jul, 1905[3] – 1 Feb, 1908
Succeeded by
Otto H. Stahlknecht
Preceded by
William B. S. Wrey
Divisional Naval Transport Officer, Southampton
1 Aug, 1914 – Apr, 1915
Succeeded by
Alfred G. Alston
Preceded by
Naval Transport Officer in Charge, Portland
Apr, 1915 – 30 Jan, 1916
Succeeded by


  1. "Cadetships In The Navy." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Dec 05, 1885; pg. 8; Issue 31622.
  2. "The Naval Manœuvres". The Times. Monday, 10 July, 1893. Issue 33999, col D, p. 10.
  3. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 340.