My brother and I used to own Reverend Tuckey's medals for a short time.
Picture courtesy of DNW
QSA (6) CC, Eland, DoL, OFS, Laing’s Nek, Belf (Rev. J. G. W. Tuckey. C. to F.);
KSA (2) (Rev J. G. W. Tuckey. C. to F.);
1914 Star, with clasp (Rev: J. G. W. Tuckey. A.C.D.);
BWM and VM with M.I.D. oak leaves (Rev. J. G. W. Tuckey.);
CBE LG 3 June 1919.
James Grove White Tuckey was born in June 1864, the second son of Dr. Charles Caulfield Tuckey, and was educated at King’s School, Canterbury and Trinity College, Oxford, and later studied at Heidelberg. A lecturer at Durham University from 1893 to 1895, he was ordained in the same period and appointed Chaplain of University College and of St. Margaret’s, Durham.
In 1895, however, he became a Chaplain to the Forces, serving first at Aldershot and then at York, whence he was embarked for South Africa on the outbreak of hostilities in October 1899. Subsequently one of just five Chaplains present at Elandslaagte, Lombard’s Kop and the defence of Ladysmith; and afterwards in the actions at Laing’s Nek, Belfast and Lydenburg, he was advanced to Chaplain 3rd Class and Mentioned in Despatches (London Gazette 16 April 1901). Then from 1902-04 he did duty at Middleberg in the Transvaal, before coming home to an appointment at Caterham. Having been advanced to Senior Chaplain at Woolwich Garrison by the time of the outbreak of the Great War, he quickly went out to France as Senior Chaplain, 4th Division, on 24 August 1914, shortly thereafter transferring to III Corps and thence to the 2nd Army in 1915. Appointed Assistant Chaplain-General, Rouen Area, in 1916, later in the year he returned home to Southern Command, in which capacity he was still employed at the War’s end. He was thrice Mentioned in Despatches (London Gazettes 19 October 1914, 22 June 1915, and 1 January 1916), created a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and appointed Honorary Chaplain to H.M. the King.
Having then been placed on the Retired List as a Chaplain 1st Class in 1923, Tuckey briefly served as Honorary Chaplain to the Bishop of Salisbury before being appointed Church of England Representative on the Interdenomination Advisory Committee at the War Office in 1935. He had, meanwhile, also been appointed Canon Residentiary of Ripon Cathedral, in which capacity he remained employed until 1945. He died in October 1947, his only son John having been killed in action on the Somme as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 13th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment in August 1916.
QSA (5) Eland DoL OFS Tr LN (Lieut: C. C. Allsopp, Kitchener’s F.S.);
KSA (2) (Lieut: C. C. Allsop. Kitchener’s F.S.)
C C Allsopp was present at Elandslaagte and the Defence of Ladysmith as a Trooper (No. 283) in the Natal Mounted Rifles. He afterwards served in the Utrecht Mounted Police before being commissioned into Kitchener’s Fighting Scouts in 1901, in which year he was wounded in the fierce action at Tweefontein on 14 November. On that occasion, the 2nd Fighting Scouts acted as the rearguard.
I'm not happy with DNW's statement in their description of Scott's medal that he "took part in the sole squadron's famous charge at Elandslaagte" and then proceed to briefly describe the charge. As many forum members will know there were two squadrons of 5th Lancers at Elandslaagte. One charged and one was parked on the extreme right of the British line and, although they qualified for the clasp, took no part in the battle.
The only "sole squadron" that charged at Elandslaagte was the 5th Dragoon Guards. Because of this I've steered clear of 5th Lancers QSAs with Elandslaagte as it's pretty well impossible to know whether or not the recipient was in the charge. I'm happy and proud to have one to the 5th Dragoon Guards though.