Rupert George TUCKER

Regimental number464
Place of birthBirdwood, South Australia
SchoolBirdwood Public School, South Australia
AddressMannum, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Samuel Tucker, Mannum, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 31 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Machine Gun Battalion
FateDied of wounds 12 October 1917
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death24.2
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialLijssenthoek Military Cemetery (Plot XX, Row L, Grave No. 19A), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Samuel and Mary Matilda TUCKER, 73 Frederick Street, Maylands, South Australia. Native of Birdwood, South Australia

Military Medal

'This N.C.O. was placed in charge of a machine gun in an outpost on the night of 23/24th March 1917. At daybreak his post was shelled, and the infantry attached, evacuated, leaving four wounded. Lance Corporal TUCKER refused to leave his post, and remained throughout the day with one man of his crew. Throughout the day his post was subjected to heavy shelling.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 174
Date: 11 October 1917

Family/military connectionsBrothers: 1186 Pte Norman Samuel TUCKER, 3rd Field Ambulance, returned to Australia, 3 October 1918; 2814 Pte Horace Stewart TUCKER, Machine Gun Bn, died of wounds, 5 May 1917.