Francis George TUCKER

TUCKER, Francis George

Service Numbers: 944, W69230
Enlisted: 1 August 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Volunteer Defence Corps (SA)
Born: Norwood, South Australia, 15 April 1892
Home Town: Charra, Ceduna, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Memorials: Ceduna Denial Bay and Districts WW1 Roll of Honor, Ceduna Murat Bay and District WW1 Honor Roll, Charra Woolshed Hall WW1 Roll of Honour, Hackney St Peter's College Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

1 Aug 1915: Enlisted
9 Jun 1916: Involvement Sergeant, SN 944, 43rd Infantry Battalion
9 Jun 1916: Embarked Sergeant, SN 944, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Lieutenant, 43rd Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

5 Apr 1942: Involvement Private, SN W69230, Volunteer Defence Corps (SA)
5 Apr 1942: Enlisted Midland Junction, WA
5 Apr 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN W69230

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Francis embarked as 944 Sergeant with the 43rd Battalion AIF. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant 28 October 1916, and proceeded overseas to France during late 1916. He hooked up with the 43rd Battalion and was promoted Lieutenant 12 March 1917. Francis was wounded at Messines 31 July 1917, with gunshot wounds to his legs and left foot. He was immediately evacuated to England and was sent back to France in January 1918. He was recommended for the Military Cross for his leadership and courage at Peronne on 1 September 1918, but did not receive an award. He left France for England 11 March 1919, and was granted leave to attend Commercial study at YMCA College in London, and he did not return to Australia until 9 January 1920.

His younger brother 1581 Pte. William Charles Tucker 32nd Battalion AIF was killed in action at Fromelles 20 July 1916, age 20. Another brother, 2749 Pte. James Roland Tucker 50th Battalion AIF, died of wounds in Belgium 16 October 1917, age 28. They were all the sons of James Douglas Percy and Margaret Tucker, of 146, Grant Avenue, Toorak, Adelaide, South Australia.