TUCKER, L L
|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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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.