Private 13544 Arthur Tuck

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Killed in Action on Monday, 26th August 1918, age 23.
Buried in Grave IV. B. 12. at Warlencourt British Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France.

7th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment. 33rd Brigade of 11th Division.

Son of Mr and Mrs A. Tuck, of 69, Maxstoke St., Small Heath, Birmingham. Native of Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Birmingham, Resident: Small Heath.

First landed France & Flanders, 14th July 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/242221/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Arthur Tuck registered December quarter 1894 at Dudley.

1901 Census
37 Wolseley Street, Aston, Birmingham.
Alfred Tuck (30, Railway Guard, born Tipton), his wife Elizabeth (29, born Tipton), and their 2 children: Edith (9, born Tipton), Arthur (6, born Tipton).

1911 Census
69 Maxstoke Street, Small Heath, Birmingham.
Alfred Tuck (41, Railway Guard, born Tipton), his wife Elizabeth (40, born Tipton), and their 3 surviving children of 4: Edith (19, Table Hand at Printers, born Tipton), Arthur (16, Grocer's Assistant, born Tipton), and Percy (10, Schoolboy, born Birmingham).

Personal Data

After Arthur's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £27/8/5d (27 pounds, 8 shillings and 5 pence); this was paid to his father, Alfred G., in January 1919. His War Gratuity was £19/0/0d (19 pounds exactly), this was also paid to his father in December 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Arthur had enlisted in approximately August 1914.

Action resulting in his death

According to Arthur's Medal Index Card he arrived in France on 14th July 1915. This suggests he was initially with the 8th South Staffs as they landed in France on this date, whereas the 7th South Staffs first landed in Gallipoli on the 7th August 1915.

The 7th South Staffs occupied the Hulluch Sector near Loos from May 1918, moving on 25th August from Hulloch by light railway to Monchy Breton for a few days rest. They entrained at 11pm at Bully-Grenay in open coal wagons, arriving at Monchy Breton at 5am on the 26th. This is about 15 miles north west of Arras and well behind the front line.

It seems strange that Arthur Tuck is recorded as killed in action on the 26th when the 7th South Staffs were en route from Hulloch to Monchy Breton, about 40 miles from Warlencourt where Arthur is buried. Arthur was originally buried just north of Beaulencourt, about 3.5 miles East of Warlencourt (Trench Map Reference 57c.N.12.c.1.4), before he was exhumed and re-interred in Warlencourt in 1920.

An alternative is that Arthur was in the 8th South Staffs for all of his service, and that when the Battalion was disbanded in February 1918 he transferred to the 7th Entrenching Battalion. This may never be resolved.

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