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From: "sharon marshall" <>
Subject: Re: [ZA-IB] Henry Tucker/Annie Cawood family part 1
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2003 03:26:37 +0200
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Hi Karen,
Thanks for these - adds a few more pieces.
"Again I am not sure who this Arthur Tucker is:
> Arthur Tucker - joined the S A L H. His horse
> was shot under him at the Tugela and his injury compelled a lengthened
> furlough after which he joined the J M R."

Wouldn't this be Arthur Frank TUCKER, son of Henry?

"Henry Cawood Tucker - No information on this member of the Tucker family,
but it
> would seem that he, like his brother William Derwent Tucker did not
survive to serve in
> the Boer war."

I have his death date as 2 Feb 1887 from Vernon Whittal.

Re Barry: I have him as youngest son of Henry.


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From: "Karen Bullen" <>
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Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2003 12:55 AM
Subject: [ZA-IB] Henry Tucker/Annie Cawood family part 1

> Morning all and especially Karen M-C and other Cawood researchers
> Here is the first of a few snippets I have gleaned from one of the main
Kidger Tucker researchers. she has a file with several newspaper clippings
regarding the family of Henry Tucker and Annie Cawood. Unfortunately they
have now newspaper source or date listed. She was given the file by Burton
Tucker s/o Lillian Maud Woodland and told to treasure it. Also included
further down are the early research notes of Anne Cooke (who is descened
from Henry and Annie above). I am in the process of getting in touch with
her, so more may be forthcoming
> Memoir of the late Mr Henry Tucker.
> 1830 - 1919
> An Old Cape Colonist wrote : The death of the Hon. Henry Tucker removes
> another of the old landmarks and a man whose name as far back as fifty
> ago was a household word in the
> Eastern Province of the Cape Colony. As he was 89 years of age, few of
> compeers are living. Most of them died over twenty years ago, and their
> names and deeds are comparatively unknown to the present generation. The
> deceased gentleman arrived in the Cape Colony in the early Fifties, with
> brothers, one of whom, the late Mr Kidger Tucker, was well known as one of
> the pioneers of the Rand. Settling in Cradock, he established a
> business and became a leader of the civic and religious institutions of
> place. He also bore his part in the Kaffir wars of the period, and formed
> one of the party then known as the 'Cradock Bricks', who went to the
> of Whittlesea. In the Sixties Mr Tucker represented one of the electoral
> circles, into which the Eastern Province was divided, in the Upper House
> the Cape Parliament. The unfairness with which the Eastern Province was
> treated, as compared with the Western, in the matter of expenditure on
> public works led to great agitation and the formation of the Eastern
> Province League, the object of which was a political separation between
> and West. Intellectual giants such as Saul Solomon and William Ponis were
> at that time fighters in the Parliamentary arena, but Henry Tucker, with
> marked ability and impassioned eloquence, soon came to the front, and his
> plucky fight for equal rights as between East and West had the desired
> effect. Slowly, but gradually, the Eastern Province was voted its
> proportionate share of public expenditure on harbours, bridges, etc., and
> the cry for separation became a thing of the past. Mr Tucker
> became a journalist and his contributions to various newspapers had a
> and salutary effect on many of the leading questions of the day. For many
> years he had led a retired life, but up to the last, as an ardent
> Imperialist, he has taken a keen interest in all matters affecting the
> welfare of South Africa and of the Empire generally.
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> In Anne Cooke's papers is this about Sydney Norval Tucker, Arthur Tucker,
> Algernon Tucker, Burton Tucker, Barry Tucker, Henry Cawood Tucker, William
> Tucker, W A Tucker. (Karens note: I am not sure who this WA Tucker is
> Captain Sydney Norval Tucker, D S O., was educated at Bedford where he was
a member of
> the cadets. He then joined the Kimberley Rifles, and after transferring
> the D E O V R., he joined the South African Light Horse in October 1899,
> Lieutenant. They were stationed at Richmond, Cape Colony for a time. and
> soon discovered the disloyal spirit of the farmers. Ordered to Natal, he
> made his mark, and attracted the notice of General Buller as well as of
> Colonel
> (Byng), both of whom reposed the greatest confidence in him where cool
> intrepidity and sound judgement were required. He gained his Captaincy,
> was at the relief of Ladysmith, as also through the whole compaign in
> and up to the Northern Transvaal with General Buller's forces. It is not
> be wondered at that he was mentioned in dispatches, his General having a
> good memory. The Distinguished Service Order was conferred upon him at
> age of 25, and it is acknowledged by all to have been well deserved. On
> formation of the S A C., men with Colonial experience were required, and
> was offered a commission as Captain. It was accepted for special reasons,
> although it entailed serious independent command at times, and in no
> instance did he fail. The Strydom's Dam affair was a case in point. At
> time when surrender had become too frequent, he made a brilliant stand
> 110 men against Judge Hertzog, Hoofd Commandant of a force of 1,200. A
> written demand of surrender was sent to him , to which he briefly replied
> writing, "I will not surrender." The result fully justified his
> determination, although his helmet bullet pierced. "the old flag"
> in 64 places, and the loss of many killed and wounded showed the nature of
> the fight. The flag, the helmet, together with many war trophies and
> now hang in the hall at Palmyra House, but he who sent them has passed
> Cut down in the prime of his youth he has left an example to our Colonial
> boys worthy of imitation. At a time when his parents were expecting to
> him on short holiday, they received a letter to say he must leave on duty
> the next morning. Then they saw the casualty list, to the effect that he
> had been severely wounded in action at the junction of the Vaal and Zand
> Rivers on the 4th instant. Then a telegram from the casualty office to
> that he died on the 6th, following on another telegram stating that the
> wound was in the chest, that he had been removed to Bosjes Spruit, and
> from a clot of blood in the heart.
> Major Pack-Beresford, S A C., sent the following particulars to the family
> :-
> "On the night of the 3rd instant we went out to surround the junction of
> Vet and Sand Rivers. I divided up my forces, and put Captain Tucker in
> command of 200 men, telling him to cross the drift and hold the North bank
> of the Sand River. Soon after daylight we attacked the laager. Captain
> Tucker was at the head of his men, leading them up to cut off the boers
> going N E. He was wounded by a stray shot. A doctor was sent to him as
> soon as possible, and he was taken to Bosch's Spruit, one of our posts.
> was reported the following day as doing well, and the next morning he was
> reported to have passed a fairly good night, but he died suddenly in the
> afternoon.
> "I can hardly tell you" writes Major Pack-Beresford," how much I shall
> his loss. He was liked by the men of his own troop, trusted by the other
> officers under him, and I consider him quite one of the best men I had
> serving under me, His judgement was excellent. He was brave and quick in
> the field, always ready to take advantage of an opportunity, and yet never
> rash. In camp he was firm, but just. His troop were very well
> He held service for them every Sunday evening."
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> Again I am not sure who this Arthur Tucker is:
> Arthur Tucker - joined the S A L H. His horse
> was shot under him at the Tugela and his injury compelled a lengthened
> furlough after which he joined the J M R.
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> Algernon Tucker - joined the Protectorate Regiment and formed one of the
> bodyguard force in Mafeking, where he remained until the ill-fated sorties
> ar Game Tree Fort, where he was struck down just as he was turning to help
> his wounded captain (Vernon). He was taken prisoner and kept at Waterfall
> until the prisoners released themselves on seeing a British Squadron in
> distance. He then served in the Pretoria Constabulary until he could
> home, when he joined the W P M R. The South African Field Force casualty
> list confirm him as having been taken POW at Mafeking on 26.12.99. He died
> 30th December 1931.
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> Burton Tucker - (this was Uncle Burtie - son of Kidger ) - land surveyor
> Johannesburg, joined the corps Henderson's Guides at Ladysmith. This
> served without pay throughout the siege, earning the praise of the
> Commander.
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> Barry Tucker - the younger son of the D E O V R mounted troop,( Karen's
note: This looks to me as if she means he was the son of Sydney Norval
Tucker) was
> transferred to Kitchener's Horse and was shot through the left shoulder in
> his first fight when 200 of our men, in charge of a large convoy, were
> attacked by a commando of Boers. He has since served in tne S A L H and J
> R.
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> Henry Cawood Tucker - No information on this member of the Tucker family,
but it
> would seem that he, like his brother William Derwent Tucker did not
survive to serve in
> the Boer war.
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> William Derwent Tucker - No information is known about him, except that he
> died on the 3rd August, 1889 at the Great Laxey Gold Mining Works,
> Transvaal. He is buried in the Johannesburg Cemetery.
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> Karens note- no idea either who this is.
> G R K Bradshaw - I do not know where he fits into the picture. It would be
> interesting to know how he is related to the Tucker family. (Anne's
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> W A Tucker - The group were acquired purely out of interest, on the
> off chance that he may be related to the Tucker family listed above. From
> all articles that I have in my possession no where has it been mentioned
> that any of the nine Tucker sons were married, however this in no way
> confirms that they were not married.
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> Early in 1900 Mr Tucker received the following letter from Queen
> "Osborne, February 5 1900
> Sir, It has been brought to the Queen's notice that you have six sons and
> nine nephews at present serving with the army in South Africa, and I am
> commanded to express to you and to them the interest and gratification
> which Her Majesty has learned of this noble example in one family of
> and devotion to their Sovereign and Empire.
> I am, Sir, your faithfully,
> F M Ponsonby"
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> It would be interesting to know who Mr Henry Tucker's 9 nephews were who
> served in the S A War 1899-1902. Mr Henry Tucker himself, served in the
> "Cradock Bricks" in the war of 1850 - 52. Did he qualify for the 1853 or
> the 1877 - 798 Medal?
> Kind regards
> Karen
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