Ralph Hancock F.R.H.S. Landscape Artist
- Written by Robin Hull
Clarence Henry Ralph Hancock was born in Cardiff in 1893. The son of a successful estate agent and auctioneer, little is known of his early life. We do know that he served as an officer in the Welsh Howitzer Brigade in the Great War. He was invalided out in 1917 having been diagnosed with diabetes.
His daughter, Sheila, recalls that her father, together with fellow demobbed officers, formed a cooperative of like-minded individuals so that ‘gentlemen’ could seize opportunities to promote their unique knowledge and skills.
Nothing is known of whether this particular venture was successful. But we do know that the London Gazette of the mid- and late 1920s records Ralph as being a busy marine insurance broker working in Cardiff.