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Francis Curtis TUCKETT

Regimental number10854
Place of birthKalgoorlie Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBank clerk
AddressAlfred Street, Victoria Park East, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Mother, Francis John Tuckett (on active service) and Mrs Elspeth M Tuckett, Alfred Street, Victoria Park East, Western Australia
Enlistment date28 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameDivisional Signal Company 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/13/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 25 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Divisional Signal Company
FateReturned to Australia 15 September 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'On 4th October 1917, East of YPRES, he displayed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action. This man was stationed at the Forward Relay Post in the midst of the enemy's barrage. After laying 880 yards of wire, he returned through the barrage mending sixteen breaks and again returned. finding that it was impossible to keep the line in repair, he got another Linesman to assist in laying the line by another route. During the whole time the Brigade was in action, he not only kept the line in repair, but when runners became casualties he volunteered for this work on several occasions. His coolness under fire and his devotion to duty were an inspiration to the other men working with him on the lines.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Family/military connectionsFather: Lt Francis John TUCKETT MC, 3rd Divisional Signal Company, killed in action, 14 October 1917; Uncles: Captain Lewis TUCKETT MC MM, 4th Divisional Signal Company, returned to Australia, 4 June 1919; 2nd Lt Phillip Samuel TUCKETT, 49th Bn, killed in action, 24 November 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

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

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