TUCKER, L L

Display Number:  0609  
Name:  Tucker  Leonard Leslie
Rank:  Temporary Acting Commissioned Engineer Service Number:  MX 48344
Date Joined:  9 September 1930 Date Discharged:  18 July 1956

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 Leonard Tucker was born 16 January 1905in England  He undertook an engine fitter apprenticeship, first with Philips & Sons from 1918 and then with the Admiralty based at the Naval Dockyard, Devonport (UK) from 1921 and 1925.  In 1930 he joined the Royal Navy as Acting ERA (Engine Room Artificer) 4th class.  He was promoted to Chief ERA on the 2nd November 1938, a position he held until further promotion to Temporary Acting Commissioned Engineer in 1951.  Tucker was also a qualified Artificer Diver.

 During the Second World War Tucker took part in operations in the Atlantic and off the coasts of North Africa and Italy.  He was twice Mentioned in Dispatches - in 1943 and 1945.

 In 1954 Tucker began a loan service contract with the Royal New Zealand Navy.  During 1954 – 1955 he served as Watch Keeping Engine Officer in HMNZS BELLONA.  From September 1955 – April 1956 he held the same position on HMNZS BLACK PRINCE.  After completion of the loan service in June 1956 he officially retired from naval service and remained in New Zealand with his wife, former Wren, Kathleen (Kitty) Tucker [display number 0608].

 Tucker was described by his superior officers as:

 “A loyal, hardworking and capable Engineer Officer, who commands the loyalty and co-operation of those working for him”

 “… has tackled an unusual and complicated job with energy, zeal, confidence and ability …”

 " He has done a very fine job of work in this ship, and his leadership and ability have been an example to all.”

 

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Medal Description (Left to Right):  
  • 1939-1945 Star - Recognises service in the Second World War. It was usually awarded for six months service in special operational areas. Those whose service was shortened by death, injury or capture or who were awarded a decoration or mentioned in despatches also qualified for the medal. Those who served a day or more in specified battles or invasions also qualified for this award. The ribbon has three equal vertical stripes of dark blue (symbolising Navy and Merchant Navy), red (symbolising Army) and light blue (representing Air Force).
  • Atlantic Star (France and Germany Clasp) - Awarded to personnel who served an additional 6 months in Home (United Kingdom), Atlantic or North Russian waters after first qualifying for the 1939-45 Star. The ribbon is water silk coloured blue, white and green. These colours symbolise service in the Atlantic Ocean, and in UK and North Russian waters. Those awarded with both the Atlantic Star and the France and Germany Star were awarded the first star they qualified for, with a clasp in respect of the second star. The France and Germany clasp/star is awarded for service in France, Belgium the Netherlands, Germany or adjacent sea areas between 6 June 1944 and 8 May 1945. 
  • Africa Star (North Africa Clasp) - Awarded for service in North Africa between 10 June 1940 and 12 May 1943. The ribbon is pale buff in colour with a central vertical red stripe and narrower stripes, one dark blue and one light blue. The pale buff background symbolises the desert, the red stripe symbolises the Army, the dark blue stripe symbolises the Navy and Merchant Navy, while the light blue stripe symbolises the Air Force. New Zealand soldiers who were captured or killed in Greece or Crete in 1941 had qualified for this star before entering Greece. This was because they were based in Egypt on or after 10 June 1940, before being sent to Greece.
  • Italy Star - Awarded for operational service in Italy and adjacent countries between 11 June 1943 and 8 May 1945. The ribbon has 5 equal stripes of green, white and red, the national colours of Italy.
  • War Medal (with Mentioned in Despatches) - Awarded across the British Commonwealth to all fulltime members of the Armed Force for 28 days service between 3 September 1939 and 2 September 1945 irrespective of where they were serving. On one side is an effigy of King George VI. On the reverse is a lion trampling on a dragon symbolising the Axis powers. The ribbon is the red, white and blue of the (British) Union Flag. Attached to the ribbon is a bronze oak leaf representing being Mentioned in Despatches.
  • United Nations Medal (Korea) - Awarded for service during the Korean War (1 July 1950 to 27 July 1953) and for service in the first twelve months following the Armistice. It was manufactured in the language of each country that participated in the United Nations force in Korea. The ribbon is a blue background with a series of white stripes across its width. These are the basic colours of the United Nations.
  • The Korea Medal - Instituted in 1951 to recognise service in the Korean War. It was awarded to all British Commonwealth forces who took part in the war between 2 July 1950 and 27 July 1953.
  • Royal Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal 1937-1948 - Originally awarded for 21 years exemplary conduct, but the period was reduced to 10 years in 1874, then later increased to 15 years. In March 1981 commissioned officers became eligible after 15 years service, provided at least twelve of those were served in the ranks. 

Note: The medals shown in the image are not mounted in the order they should be displayed. The United Nations Medal (Korea) should be displayed after the Korea Medal. Also the medals should overlap from the other side but were mounted incorrectly.