Nelson Howard Tuck, MM

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Sep 25, 1879

Born at Trafalgar Township, Halton County Ontario to John and Deborah Ann (nee Fisher) Tuck


May 31, 1905

Married to Mary Alice “Addie” King at Georgetown Ontario


Apr 3, 1916

Attested into the 164th Battalion at Georgetown Ontario 

Ø      Number 663673

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Alice Tuck, wife, of Georgetown Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Millwright

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company 

At the time of enlistment he declared that he had 3 dependent children, 2 sons and a daughter


Jul 6, 1916

The Battalion moved to Camp Borden Ontario for training


Oct 16, 1916

The Battalion moved to Hamilton Ontario for winter training and quartered in the Westinghouse Barracks


Apr 5, 1917

The Battalion left Hamilton by train for Halifax Nova Scotia


Apr 10, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Corporal


Apr 11, 1917

Embarked the Troopship Carpathia at Halifax



Apr 22, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded by train to the Otterpool Camp


Apr 23, 1917

Transferred to the 2nd Reserve Battalion at the East Sandling Camp


May 27, 1917

Transferred back to the 164th Battalion which had moved to the East Sandling Camp


Jan 15, 1918

Reduced to the rank of Private for failing to obey the command of an NCO


Mar 8, 1918

Attached to the 119th Battalion at Witley for duty


Mar 19, 1918

Ceased to be attached to the 119th Battalion and attached to the 125th Battalion for duty


Mar 28, 1918

Ceased to be attached to the 125th Battalion and returned to the 164th Battalion


Mar 29, 1918

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Mar 30, 1918

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Apr 3, 1918

Arrived at the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Calonne Ricouart


Apr 15, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the front line at a trench called The Mercatel Switch and assigned to “B” Company


Aug 27, 1918

Received shrapnel wounds to his back, legs and left arm, and was admitted to No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) and later the same day was transferred to No 7 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) 

On the same day, he was appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal without pay


From the 21st Battalion War Diary


Sep 2, 1918

Transferred via Ambulance Train and admitted to No 83 General Hospital at Boulogne where surgery was performed to remove pieces of shrapnel from his arm and lung


Sep 23, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Cambria

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Sep 24, 1918

Admitted to the Queen Alexandra's Military Hospital at Millbank, London, then transferred to the Countess of Lytton’s Hospital at Charles St, London


Nov 1, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bear Wood Park, Wokingham


Nov 27, 1918

Discharged from hospital and granted sick leave until December 7, 1918. 

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Dec 13, 1918

On Command to Kinmel Park pending return to Canada


Jan 4, 1919

Embarked the SS Metagama at Liverpool

Jan 16, 1919

Disembarked at St John New Brunswick and proceeded to Toronto Ontario 

Posted to the Casualty Company at the Exhibition Camp, Toronto


Jan 17, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until January 31, 1919


Feb 1, 1919

Medical Board at the Exhibition Camp, Toronto makes note of the following 

Ø      Shrapnel wounds to left arm and right lung

Ø      Suffers from weakness in left arm and partial loss of function in his right lung

Ø      Recommended that he be discharged from the CEF as Medically unfit and placed on light duties until he is discharged


Feb 7, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Toronto Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge L/Cpl

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued (number not recorded)

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Georgetown Ontario 

Following his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Georgetown Ontario


Feb 11, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #31173



Sep 27, 1919

His Military Medal was sent to him at Georgetown Ontario


Mar 1, 1946

L/Cpl Tuck, MM Died at home and was buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, Georgetown Ontario


From the Georgetown Herald March 6, 1946

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