• Angus Robert Clarence Hocking

Army / Flying Corps
  • 6th Australian Field Artillery Brigade
  • 35th Australian Field Artillery Battery
  • Lance Corporal
  • Private
  • Gunner
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  • Enlistment - WW1

    Adelaide CBD, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

  • Birth

    Roseworthy, SA, Australia

Stories and comments
    • AWM NAA Gary Parsons 26th Bn. researcher.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Wednesday, 25 November 2020

    https://www.familysearch.org/service/records/storage/das-mem/patron John Hocking was in his 90s when he died in 1946. Both he and Clara were buried in Cheltenham Cemetery. Unsurprisingly agricultural pursuits were followed by most of the extended family of John Hocking – Harold Best (m. Grace) went farming in the Melrose area, then moved to W.A. farming, and later ran a Fodder & supplies business in Perth; Colin Scott (m. Nellie) worked on the land for a while before joining the staff at Roseworthy College where he undertook experimental work on wheat varieties and fat lamb production, then later joined the Dept. of Agriculture. Jack, Bruce and Angas all spent time on the land but had their careers interrupted by war service but remained connected with the agricultural industry; Walter Spafford (m. Beatrice) moved up to Director, Dept of Agriculture, and later became Chairman of the Australian Barley Board, the Australian Wheat Board, and the Australian Dairy Produce Board. He also had involvement with the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society and for many years judged much of the grain and dairy- produce at the Adelaide Show. Ralph Baker (m. Lily) was in charge of the dairy herd at Roseworthy and I don’t know if he was still there when he died, or whether his career had taken another direction. Ralph’s father and 2 sisters were well-known Apothecaries (Chemists) in Adelaide. His son, Jack went into the Butter and Cheese making industry, and other son, Bob was a Soil and Erosion Officer with the Dept. of Agriculture in S.A., and later worked overseas as an agricultural adviser with UNESCO. The Hockings have enthusiastically followed and supported sport, both on and off the field of play. They seem to have had a natural gift and most family members have been proficient in several sports. In later years Lawn Bowls drew their attention and at one time five of John Hocking’s offspring held office as President of their local Bowling Club (1960s & 70s). Beat Spafford (Hocking) was a foundation member of Lockleys Women’s Bowling Club. Later she was involved in the formation of Adelaide Women’s Bowling Club of which she was twice President, and a Life Member. She continued to play bowls until she was 90. I believe in earlier years she had been a State Croquet Champion, an A-Grade golfer in S.A., before marriage a promising Equestrienne, and was a keen and competent tennis player most of her life. I can recall spending many afternoons on the sidelines with her at various social tennis venues. Fond memories flood back of “hitting up” and practicing with her (in her 70s) as I started playing tennis in my early teens! Lily Clarke (Hocking) was President of Hawthorn Women’s Bowling Club. Both sons were keen sportsmen – Jack in swimming, tennis and lawn bowls, while Bob was a strong performer in whatever he tackled – swimming, tennis, squash, golf. Bruce Hocking served as President of Hawthorn Bowling Club, and on the Management Committee for many years, becoming a Life Member. A keen golfer over many years, he was honoured with Life Membership of Grange Golf Club. Daughter Merle enjoyed tennis and was a keen golfer. Nell Beck (Hocking) of Grange was runner-up in the State pairs with her daughter, Mrs. Betty May. Nell later became a member at Adelaide Women’s Bowling Club. Sons Ian and Colin Scott, were proficient yachtsmen and hockey players, and enjoyed tennis and golf. Daughter Jean was a keen hockey and tennis player which she continued for many years; and Betty was a good calisthenics competitor, later taking up lawn bowls. Grace Best (Hocking) was President of the Victoria Park Women’s Bowling Club, Perth, WA. Angas Hocking was a top division player in the Wooroora Assoc. for many years. Both Angas and Bruce were good football, tennis and cricket players in earlier days, and later enjoyed golf and bowls. Roseworthy College figures prominently in the history of the family, as while John was looking after the horses in the College stables, one son-in-law, Ralph Baker took over the dairy herd; Walter Spafford was the Research & Experimental Officer working on rust resistant wheat varieties; another, Colin Scott was a student of the College and later followed Walter as the Research & Experimental Officer there; yet another, Harold Best was a student at Roseworthy. Sons, John Richard (Jack), Bruce and Angas all spent student days at the College as have some of the grandsons.

    • AWM NAA Gary Parsons 26th Bn. researcher.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Wednesday, 25 November 2020

    Angas Robert Clarence Hocking BIRTH 1898 DEATH 9 Dec 1977 (aged 78–79) Rostrevor, Campbelltown City, South Australia, Australia BURIAL Enfield Memorial Park Clearview, Port Adelaide Enfield City, South Australia, Australia MEMORIAL ID 173478121