TUCK, Hubert Henry

60002, Private, Hubert Henry TUCK
Aged 27

21st Battalion, Canadian Infantry
Died of his Wounds on Saturday, 16th September 1916

Hubert Henry TUCK was born on 1889 in Upwell (Wisbech Q1-1889 3B:594), son of Frederick James and Julia TUCK (née TUCK).

1891 census...Aged 2, he was at James' Drove, Denver with his father Frederick J TUCK [30] farmer born Upwell; his mother Julia [26] born Central Wingland, Norfolk; brothers Frederick W [6], Thomas C [4] both born in Upwell, and Wesley Edgar Reuben[2 months} born in Denver; great aunt Mary TUCK [63] born Upwell

1901 census...Aged 12, he was at Farmhouse, near Nordelph, Denver with his parents; brother, Frederick W (carpenter/builder), Wesley Ernest Reuben, Archibald [8] and Eric Gordon [3] both born in Denver, and great aunt Mary Ann TUCK. Eric died later that year.

1911 census...He appears to have emigrated to Canada with brother W.F.TUCK, to Montreal per SS "Corsican" on 22nd April 1909. His parents (father now retired farmer) were at the "Hermitage", Alexandra Road, Hunstanton with his brother Archibald (nurseryman) sister Juliet Joy Elizabeth [7] and brother Reuben [2] both born in Denver, and great aunt Mary Ann TUCK.

Confirmation of his identity and school connection comes from the school roll of honour which includes the regiments

Canadian Archives: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 9806 - 28 item 281169
He attested in Lindsay, Ontario on 22nd March 1915, giving his date of birth as 19th February 1889, a salesman, born Nordelph, Norfolk. He was 5 feet 8.75 inches (174.6 cm)tall, chest 33.5" to 38.5" (85.1 to 97.8 cm), blue eyes, brown hair, a Methodist. His next of kin was mother Julia, of Dersingham, Norfolk

The battalion sailed from Montreal on the SS "Metagam" on 6 May 1915, arriving in England on 15th May 1915, going on 18th to training mainly at West Sandling Camp and Shornecliffe. Then he went from Folkestone on 14th September to France and were at Dranoutre, Belgium by 19th September 1915.
ON 18th October 1915 he had a bout of influenza, being in 5th Canadian Field Ambulance for 5 days, returning there again on 27th February with a cut thumb. Then on 1st May 1916 he reported in with defective vision (gas?) and was sent to 4th Canadian Field Ambulance Divisional Rest Station for 4 days.

The battalion had been holding the line near the windmill at Pozières and had reached a point almost at the site now of the Canadian memorial on the Albert to Bapuame road by 7 am on 15th. He is buried 20 miles from Courcelette, and Puchevillers was the site of Casualty Clearing Stations, where he died of his wounds, on 16th September 1916. The "circumstances of death" cards after "SIMS" have been lost.

Hubert Tuck is buried in Puchevillers British Cemetery, France grave 3:D:4

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