William Charles TUCKER

Regimental number1581
Place of birthNorwood, South Australia
SchoolNorwood Public School, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationHardware assistant
AddressRose Park East, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 6.5"
Weight137 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Margaret Tucker, Grant Avenue, Rose Park East, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in 79th Bn, Senior Cadets; transferred to 79th Bn, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death20
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row F, Grave No 6), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James Douglas Percy and Margaret TUCKER, 146 Grant Avenue, Toorak, Adelaide, South Australia
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 2749 Pte James Roland TUCKER, 50th Bn, died of wounds, 16 October 1917; [944] Lt Francis George TUCKER, 43rd Bn, returned to Australia, 9 January 1920.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Taken on strength, B Company, Ismailia, 24 January 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Reported missing, 20 July 1916.

File (p. 7) bears notation: Identification disc received from Germany. No particulars were afforded except that soldier is deceased. To be reported KILLED IN ACTION 20/7/1916'.

Father wrote to base Records, 19 January 1917, seeking any information: 'I should be obliged if you could kindly let me know the present position from the Military point of view, the uncertainty being very wearing to the members of his family.'

Note on Red Cross File No 2790106: 'The above name appeared on German death list dated 4-11-16.'

Father wrote to Base Records, enclosing a copyof a letter from Australian Branch Red Cross Society, London, 15 December 1916, informing him that his son's name had been included on a German death list. Father wrote: 'Though reluctant to give trouble, our anxiety will, I am sure, be to you sufficient excuse [to seek further information].'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 6), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
SourcesNAA: B2455, TUCKER William Charles
Red Cross file 2790106