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St James Church Taunton

World War 1 Memorial Project

George Henry Tucker

 

Name: George Henry Tucker

Rank: Private

Service Number: 30369

Regiment: Norfolk Regiment

Battalion/Unit number: 2nd Battalion

Date/year of Birth: 1887

Place of Birth: Northam, Devon

Place of Residence: 1 St George’s Place The Crescent (enlistment records)

Date of Death:  19th May 1917

Place of Death: Basra, Mesopotamia (Iraq)

Burial/Memorial: Al Hakimiyah War Cemetery, Basra, Iraq

Additional information

George was born in Northam Devon, the son of George Henry Tucker and   Emily Williams Tucker (nee Penhorwood). George had two brothers and two sisters Reginald Penhorwood, Minnie, Alexander and Lucy Eleanor. Reginald was a Leading Stoker on the HMS Amphion and was killed on 6th April 1914, when a mine exploded and sunk his ship.

George’s parents were divorced in 1900 and in the same year she married John Moore. In the 1901 census George, Minnie and Alexander are living in Northam with his mother who is and John Moore, a market gardener with John’s  two children Francis and Beatrice. It is not clear what has happened to George’s father.

George enlisted in the Somerset Light Infantry (service number 17607) on 3rd April 1915. He then married Agnes May Treeby of St George's Place, The Crescent in Taunton on 27th April 1915 before going off to war. We know from service records that he was based in England (Crownhill) in 1915 (Swanage and Sandhill (early 1917). He transferred to the Norfolk Regiment (30369) in 1916. The majority of 2nd Battalion Norfolk regiment had been captured at the Siege of Kut;   those who had not been at Kut  were amalgamated with the 2nd Dorsets until the battalion was reconstituted with new reinforcements in July 1916. It appears that it was this point that George transferred to the Norfolk Regiment. His service record indicate the date of transfer as 31st August 1916. However it was not until April 1917 that he embarked at Southampton for Mesopotamia. He landed at Basra on 12th May and records indicate that he was ill and was admitted to hospital suffering from pneumonia. On 13th May he was “dangerously ill” and he died a week later on 19th May the cause of death being pneumonia. (Ancestry records indicate dysentery). George is also commemorated on the Northam Church War memorial. His wife Agnes was awarded a pension of 18/9  for herself and their son Albert William.

 

 

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