Born: 1878, Ipswich.

Died on or since death presumed: 9th August 1916; age 38; KiA.

Suffolk and Essex Free Press – Wednesday, 30th August 1916 – Mr. Ben Tuck, of 66, Richmond Road, Ipswich, has received a letter from the officer commanding informing him, that his son, Sapper, John W. Tuck, has been missing since the 9th August. Sapper Tuck was attached to the infantry that was to attack a position, and they never returned. The officer says: – “I have not been able to get any information that will enable me to trace what has happened to him. Allow me to express my sincerest sympathy. Should I at any time be able to get any information, I shall be pleased to communicate the same to you.”

Enlistment Location: St. Helen’s, Lancaster, Lancastershire.


Rank: Sapper; Service Number: 426456

Regiment: Royal Engineers, 422nd West Lancaster Field Coy.

Formerly 7739.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:

Pier & Face 8A & 8D,

Thiepval Memorial,






1881   Windsor Cottages, Bramford Lane, Ipswich.


John was 2 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Alfred Benjamin Tuck, 35, a Shoemaker – Finisher, born Holt, Norfolk.

Mary Ann Tuck (nee Cawthine), 27, a Shoemaker – Closer, born Norwich, Norfolk.

Frederick Henry Tuck, 8, born Ipswich.

Marion Tuck, 7, born Ipswich.

Louisa Tuck, 4, born Ipswich.

Ann Skiffins Tuck, 7 months, born Ipswich.


1891   66, Bramford Road, Ipswich.


John was 12 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Alfred, 46, a Shoe – Finisher.

Mary, 37, a Shoe – Upper Closer.

Frederick, 18, a Shoe – Finisher.

Ann, 10.

Elizabeth Tuck, 6, born Ipswich.

Caroline Jane Tuck, 4, born Ipswich.

Nelly Tuck, 2, born Ipswich.


1901   Lowestoft, Suffolk.


John was 22 years old, a Boot repairer – at home. He was married and head of the household.

Ethel, 23.

Ethel, 6 months.


On the 1911 census, John had left the family home. His family were living at 9, Cumberland Place, Beach, Lowestoft.

Ethel, 32, is a deserted woman.

Harold, 7.

Vernil, 3.

and Ethel’s mother Jemima Copeman, 66, a widow, born Lowestoft.


On Christmas Day 1899, at St. John’s Church, Lowestoft, Suffolk, 21 year old, John, a Shoemaker of 5, St. Peter’s Street, Lowestoft, married 21 year old Ethel Maud Copeman, of 110, Bevan Street, Lowestoft, born March 1878, Lowestoft – daughter of Jemima Smithboon Copeman (nee Gallant) & William Edmund Copeman, a Dealer.

Ethel and John had five children:

Ethel Beatrice Louisa Tuck, born October 1900, 5, St. Peter’s Street, Lowestoft.

Ivy Jemima Tuck, born 1902 – 1902 Lowestoft.

Harold Alfred John Tuck, born April 1903, Lowestoft.

1 other child, born premature in 1906.

Vernil Tuck, born May 1907, Lowestoft.


Soldiers’ Effects to Ethel M. Tuck – widow, and Ethel B.L. Tuck – daughter.

Royal Engineers


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