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TUCKER John Frederick +

Service number 2795

John was a coach driver for Mr AW Shorthouse, Beaconsfield Upper.

At the time of enlistment his parents were both deceased and his only sister’s address was unknown. John and his sister grew up in an orphanage.

On the 3rdSeptember 1916 John was killed in action “in the forest” in Belgium.

He is buried at Woods Military Cemetery, Zillebeke, Belgium.

Berwick Shire News (11thOctober 1916)

“News was received in Beaconsfield last week of the death of Private JF Tucker, who was killed in action in France on the 3rd of last month. He was in the employment of Mr AW Shorthouse when he enlisted and made many friends, all of whom will regret to hear of his death.”

The Argus (7thOctober 1916)

“Tucker- Killed in action in France on the 3rd September, Private John Frederick Tucker.

“They miss him most who knew him best.”

(Inserted by his sincere friends Arthur W and Amy B Shorthouse, Rosemount, Beaconsfield Upper.)”

On the 15thDecember 1920 Mr Shorthouse applied to have John’s war medals.

Name TUCKER, John Frederick +
Service Number 2795
Rank Private
Roll 24 Infantry Battalion 1-8 Reinforcements (May 1915-January 1916)
Conflict First World War 1914-1918
Embarked 27thOctober 1915
City Melbourne
Ship HMAT Ulysses A38
Age 22 years
Birth Place 1893, Carlton, Victoria
Father Unknown
Mother Unknown
Religion Roman Catholic
Occupation Coach Driver
Residence Beaconsfield Upper, Victoria
Enlisted 2ndAugust 1915
Height 5 feet, 8 ½ inches
Complexion Fresh; Eyes- Grey; Hair- Black