William Thomas TUCKEY

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TUCKEY, William Thomas

Service Number: 2866
Enlisted: 8 June 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 6th Field Company Engineers
Born: Goolwa, North Adelaide, South Australia, May 1874
Home Town: North Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Church of England, South Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: GSW chest and arm , Royal Infirmary, 3rd Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, England, United Kingdom, 8 August 1916
Cemetery: Sheffield (Burngreave) Cemetery, England
Memorial. F9. "C." 6.-Screen Wall-grave not marked. Buried 10th of August 1916, Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, North Adelaide Saint Cyprian's Anglican Church Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

8 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2866, Keswick, South Australia
21 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2866, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
21 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2866, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Star of England, Adelaide
8 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 2866, 6th Field Company Engineers, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

6th Field Coy.Australian Engineers, formerly 10th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement.

He was 43 and the son of William and Jane Tuckey, of Hart St., North Adelaide, South Australia.

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 8th August......Sapper William Thomas Tuckey was born at Goolwa, South Australia in 1873. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 8th June, 1915 as a 41 year old, single, Labourer from North Adelaide, South Australia.

Private William Thomas Tuckey embarked from Adelaide, South Australia on HMAT Star of England (A15) on 21st September, 1915 with the 10th Infantry Battalion, 9th Reinforcements. He was transferred from Mudros to Alexandria then eventually arrived in France on 27th March, 1916. He had been transferred to 6th Field Company Engineers at Moascar on 17th March, 1916 with the rank of Sapper.

Sapper Tuckey was wounded in action in France on 29th July, 1916 with wounds to left arm and left leg & back. He was reported to be dangerously ill on 2nd August, 1916 & was invalided to England on Hospital Ship on 3rd August, 1916. Sapper Tuckey was admitted to Northern General Hospital at Sheffield, England on 4th August, 1916 with GSW (gunshot wound/s) to chest and arm.

Sapper William Thomas Tuckey died on 8th August, 1916 at Royal Infirmary, 3rd Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, England from wounds received in action in France - GSW to left arm, back & Cerebral Haemorrhage. He was buried in Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England where 6 other WW1 Australian Soldiers are buried.

Due to the number of deaths and lack of available space in some cemeteries, numerous burials took place in what are known as common or mass graves. Sapper William Thomas Tuckey was buried in a one of these common or mass graves. Behind the Cross of Sacrifice in plot JJ is a Screen Wall commemorating those First World War casualties whose graves could not be marked by headstones, most of them buried in the plot of ground immediately in front of it.

A Granite Memorial Cross was erected by the Royal British Legion at the common grave site where Sapper William Thomas Tuckey was buried – Memorial F9 “C” 6. The names of those buried in this plot were engraved on the Granite Memorial however, the names on the Granite Memorial Cross are not included on the CWGC Screen Wall. His death is still acknowledged by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)
https://ww1austburialsuk.weebly.com/burngreave.html

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