Eric Geoffrey West Hancox

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Eric Geoffrey West Hancox
(1911 – 10 August 1937)
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Birth: 1911, England
Death: 10 August 1937, Mawchi, Burma
Parents: Richard James Hancox
Marian Gilmour Hancox (née Croskery)
Siblings: Eric Geoffrey West Hancox (1911 – 10 August 1937)
Joan Nyria Denton-Barker (née Hancox) (23 February 1918 – ?)
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Eric Geoffrey West Hancox (known as 'Geoff') was born in July/August 1911 in Rock Ferry[1] to Richard James Hancox and Marian Gilmour Hancox (née Croskery) and christened on 10 September.[2] He had one sister, Joan Nyria Denton-Barker (née Hancox).

Geoffrey became a geologist, doing his undergraduate studies at the University of Liverpool and the Imperial College of Science London University, before moving to Canada and the US in the 1930s to gain his PhD.

He arrived in New York on Scythia on 11 September 1934; he was listed on the ships manifest as a student.[3] The following year he went into the US from Canada, to Babb, Montana, and is listed as a student at both the University of California and the University of Arizona in Tuscon\cite{USCanadaBorderCrossings} where he was a Commonwealth Fund scholar (now the Harkness Fellowship; at the time this was akin to a Rhodes Scholarship, and was awarded to foreign students studying in the US).

The following is an article from the front page of the Casa Grande Dispatch newspaper of Tucson, Arizona on 25 May 1934.[4]

Recognition Given U Of A By British

TUCSON May 18

International recognition of the strength of the department of geology at the University of Arizona and of the wealth of field research opportunity in the state has come through the announcement that a Commonwealth Fund Fellowship has been awarded to an English student for specific graduate study at the University of Arizona. President Homer LeRoy Shants of the University indicated today that the selection of the University of Arizona for one of these school places its department on an equal plane with the great centers of study in that field. The fellowship has been awarded to Eric Geoffrey Hancox, a graduate of the University of Liverpool and of the Imperial College of Science, London University.


In 1935 Geoffrey was living at 910 East Helen Street in Tucson.[5] He then obtained work as a mining geologist in the Mawchi tungsten mines, in Burma, but was killed in a mining accident on 10 August 1937. The Probate announcement read as follows:[6]

Probate: Hancox Eric Geoffrey of Morant, Herbert Road, New Milton, Hampshire died 10 August 1937 at Mawchi Mines Burma India. Administration Winchester 26 November to Richard James Hancox retired bank inspector. Effects £734 19 s 9 d.


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