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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- William George Tucker -

Name :

William George Tucker.

Son of Sarah Frances (Fanny) Trew (formerly Tucker), of Thyra Villa, Yarboro' Rd., East Cowes, Isle of Wight and the late William G. Tucker.
Born 28 January 1882, Rotherhithe, London. His father was born in Niton and the family had returned to the Isle of Wight by 1894.
Commemorated on these Memorials :

East Cowes War Memorial
County War Memorial, Carisbrooke Castle

Service details :

AB 198315 William George Tucker, HMS Barham, Royal Navy

No CWGC record

Service records : from The National Archives (ADM188/343)

From the Service Records, William George Tucker entered the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class on 28 January 1900 (his 18th birthday). His occupation was given as Grocer's Assistant. His height was given as 5 ft 6 in, with dark brown hair, blue eyes and a dark complexion. He was engaged for 12 years' service, during which time he progressed to Boy 1st Class, then to Able Seaman. He served on a number of ships, and was discharged in 1912 to the Royal Fleet Reserve. On the outbreak of War in 1914 he was re-engaged and served on HMS Barham. He was severely wounded at the Battle of Jutland in May 1916 and was invalided out of the service on 30 Jan 1917.

Date of Death :25 November 1918 aged 36
Where buried or commemorated :East Cowes (Kingston) Cemetery.(Friends of East Cowes website) The grave is not marked.

Further Information

Census 1891 : Family at 30 Alexis St, Bermondsey, London. His father's occupation is given as 'Smith'.

Census 1901 : Family at Mona, Adelaide Grove, East Cowes. His mother Frances is shown as a Widow. William G Tucker was with the Navy at this time.

Census 1911 : Family at Thyra, Yarborough Road, East Cowes. Frances Tucker has remarried, to William George Trew. William G Tucker was at Osborne House (Royal Naval College) on the staff Census return.


Saturday, December 7, 1918 Page 1

TUCKER. - Nov. 25, at Yarborough-road, East Cowes, William George, only surviving son of Mrs. F.S. Trew, of East Cowes, aged 36. - The family wish to thank friends for their kind sympathy, also for beautiful floral tributes.

Page 8

DEATH OF A JUTLAND HERO. - The death of William George Tucker took place after a short illness, on November 25, at Thyra Villa, Yarborough-road. The Captain of Osborne College arranged a naval funeral on Thursday week. The soldier munition workers from Messrs. J.S. Whites and Co. and the officers and men of the Trinity Service followed. Deceased joined the Navy when quite young, took part in the China and Boer wars, and won medals for those campaigns. He was one of the survivors of the Gladiator, and gallantly saved a shipmate's life at the wreck of that vessel in Yarmouth Roads. Later he was placed in the R.N.R., and joined the Trinity Service. When war was declared he was called up and joined H.M.S. Crescent, and served in the North Sea for the first six months. Later he was transferred to H.M.S. Barham, which was one of the first big ships to enter the Battle of Jutland, in which he was seriously wounded, his right foot being blown almost off, his arms burnt, and internal injuries inflicted. His foot was amputated at Haslar Hospital, and he was also at East Cowes Hospital. He possessed seven medals for life saving. He had a perfect record in the Service. His younger brother [Oliver Edwin Tucker] also died while serving his country at the relief of Kut. Floral tributes were received from: "At rest in the Lord," from his loving mother; in loving memory of our dear brother from Alice and Reg.; "In sure and certain hope of a glorious resurrection," from his loving sister Floy and B. Young; in loving memory, from Mrs. Fisher and Aggie; with sincere gratitude and affection, from Matron and Nurse Sheddon; in deepest sympathy, from Mr. M. Blackie; "Asleep in Jesus," from Capt. and Mrs. Dickinson and family; with deepest sympathy from M. and E. Morey; with heartfelt sympathy from Teddy; heartfelt sympathy, from Mary and George; in loving memory, from Sister May; "With kindest thoughts of a good friend," from Cook and Francis; "Into Thy hands O Lord," to dear uncle Bill, from Baby John Leggett. The Rev. W. Proctor officiated.

His step-brother, Percy George Trew, (CWGC record), son of William George Trew, was also killed in the First World War.

Thanks to Janet Griffin for additional research
Page last updated : 20 September 2012


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