Joseph Tuck

Mar 18, 1876

Born in Ipswich, Suffolk, England to Joseph and Emily Tuck

Prior to coming to Canada, he was married to Mabel Agnes Pettitt in July of 1909


Apr 15, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion CEF in Picton, Ontario

Ø  Number 637062

Ø  Next of kin given as Mabel Tuck, wife, Bloomfield, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  Previous military experience given as 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment for 16 years

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

 The battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area


Oct 17, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott


Nov 18, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Acting Armourer Corporal


Dec 8, 1916

Transferred to the 154th Battalion in Bramshott


Jan 31, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion in East Sandling.  Shortly after the formation of the battalion it moved to Seaford to train soldiers for the front


Apr 30, 1917

Reverted to the rank of Private


May 3, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


May 4, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and as part of a draft of 344 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


May 31, 1917

After leaving the base depot, he joined the 21st Battalion in the front-line trenches west of Croisilles, France


Nov 6, 1917

It is unclear from the service file and the battalion’s war diary exactly when Private Tuck was wounded as they came out of the line and into billets during the morning of November 5 and no casualties were reported during that move.

However, he was admitted to the No. 17 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) and placed on the dangerously ill list with shrapnel wounds


Nov 7, 1917

Private Joseph Tuck died of his wounds at the clearing station and was buried in the nearby Lijssenthoek Cemetery, south of Poperinge, Belgium


 Following the war, the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. M.A. Hornby, (she had remarried) 417 William Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba.


Joseph Tuck is honoured on the Picton, Ontario War Memorial




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