Albert James Arthur HUCKER

HUCKER, Albert James Arthur

Service Number: 5688
Enlisted: 14 February 1916, Rockhampton, Qld.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 26th Infantry Battalion
Born: Mackay, Qld., 3 August 1895
Home Town: Mackay, Mackay, Queensland
Schooling: Mackay State School
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 9 October 1917, aged 22 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Mackay Cenotaph, Mackay Old Town Hall Honour Roll, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

14 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 5688, 9th Infantry Battalion, Rockhampton, Qld.
4 May 1916: Involvement Private, 5688, 9th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
4 May 1916: Embarked Private, 5688, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Choon, Brisbane
9 Oct 1917: Involvement Private, 5688, 26th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Arthur and Alice Hucker, of Shakespeare St., Mackay, Queensland.

Albert Hucker was employed as a carpenter and was a volunteer in the Citizens' Military Forces (CMF) before enlisting in the 9th Battalion on 14 February 1916. He embarked with the 18th reinforcements aboard HMAT Seang Choon (A49) on 4 May 1916 from Brisbane. Following training in England, he proceeded to France where he was transferred to the 26th Battalion in November 1916. Pte Hucker was killed, aged 22, by shell fire in Thames Wood at the First Battle of Passchendaele on the 30th of October 1917, one of four men in his company to be killed by the same shell. A letter from a friend in the battalion to Pte Hucker's mother stated that Pte Hucker had been buried, however repeated correspondence by his mother with army authorities failed to ascertain the location of this grave. It is most likely that is was destroyed soon after the burial ceremony by the continuing battle. Pte Hucker has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate. His parents attended Anzac Day ceremonies every year in Mackay until their deaths after the Second World War