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Francis Tuck

Cambridge University AFC




  The Reverend Francis Johnson Tuck BA
Birth Thursday, 23 October 1856 in Wymondley House, Little Wymondley, Hertfordshire [registered in Hitchin, December 1856]
Baptised 25 January 1857 in Little Wymondley
  According to the 1861 census, four year old Francis J. is the fifth of six children to John J. and Lucy (née Girling), and along with four servants they live at Wymondley House, a private school in Little Wymondley. His father is a clerk in the Holy Orders and a schoolmaster.
  According to the 1871 census, now living at Mansion House (the same?) private school in Little Wymondley. The 14 year old Francis is a scholar at Eton College and is living with three of his siblings with his parents, three servants and numerous pupils.

According to the 1881 census, Francis J. is an assistant schoolmaster, lodging at Wellington College in Sandhurst.
According to Berkshire Electoral Registers 1886, Francis was living in the Masters' Room of Wellington College.

Marriage to Ethel Mary Woodroffe at St. Stephen's Church in Kensington, 27 December 1888. [registered in Kensington, December 1888] Stated as living at Eton College.
"On the 27th ult., at St. Stephen's, South Kensington, by the Rev. Duncan Woodroffe, rector of Stroxton, Lincolnshire, brother of the bride, assisted by the Rev. A. Johnson Tuck, recor of Great Munden, Herts, brother of the bridegroom, the Rev. Francis Johnson Tuck, of Eton College, youngest son of the Rev. John Johnson Tuck, of Hertford, to Ethel Mary, youngest daughter of John Edwards Woodroffe, of 90, Cornwall Gardens, South Kensington." - Brighton Gazette, Thursday, 3 January 1889.
  According to the 1891 census, Francis J., a clerk in Holy Orders himself, and his wife, Ethel M., are visiting the home of the widowed Ellen Heath (!!?) at Lovers Cottage in Holdenhurst. They have one son, one year old Gerald Louis Johnson (b. 26 November 1889 at Eton College).
On Monday, September 3rd, the Rev. Francis Johnson Tuck was inducted by the Bishop of Thetford to this living, on the presentation of the Provost and Fellows of Eton College. The ceremonial portions of the induction, i.e., the ringing the bell and the laying of the hand upon the door key having been gone through, the newly-inducted Vicar cordially invited the parishioners, of whom a large number had congregated outside the north door of the church, to enter the sacred building and join with him in a service of prayer and praise to Almighty God."
- Norwich Mercury, Saturday, 15 September 1900.
  According to the 1901 census, clergyman Francis Johnson and his wife are now living at The Vicarage in Sedgeford, along with three more children, Noel Johnson (b.7 January 1892 at 90 Cornwall Garden, South Kensington), Duncan Johnson and Percy Hubert Johnson (b. 26 November 1899 at Eton College). They have three servants (a house maid, a cook and a nurse).
birth notes: It does look like that Gerald and Percy were born exactly ten years apart, 26 November 1889 and 1899, both at Eton College.  The Oxfordshire Telegraph, 4 December 1889 and The Morning post, 29 November 1899 confirm it.
  According to the 1911 census, Francis Johnson, a clerk in Holy Orders, and his wife have one more child, their fifth and only daughter, Delia Mary. She is one of two children, the other being the eldest, Gerald, along with the three servants and a niece, they remain at Sedgeford Vicarage.
According to Norfolk Electoral Registers, from 1901 until his death, The Rev. Francis was living at The Vicarage in Sedgeford.
Death Friday, 15 July 1921 in The Old Rectory in Wavenden, Fenny Stratford in Buckinghamshire, aged 64 years 265 days [registered in Newport Pagnell, September 1921]. Buried in Woburn Sands, Monday, 19 July 1921.


"The death occurred at the residence of his sister, Wavendon Old Rectory, Woburn Sands, on the 15th inst., of Rev. Francis Johnson Tuck, M.A., Vicar of Sedgeford, and Rector of Southmere, in his 65th year. He was educated at Eton and in due course he obtained a scholarship at King's College, Cambridge; and in the mathematical tripos came out as 17th wrangler. From Cambridge he obtained a mastership at Wellington and was subsequently appointed assistant master at his old school. When the living of Sedgeford fell vacant in 1900 he accepted it as a place of honourable and useful retirement. He was an Alpine climber of considerable note, and his lectures on that subject will be remembered. He also excelled in football: indeed, his football was of sufficient excellence to carry him to the verge of the promised land for international footballers, but he just—and only just—failed to obtain his colours. He had many fine qualities, not the least being his extreme conscientiousness. He was at one time Chairman of the Sedgeford Parish Council, and his rulings were always marked with fairness and impartiality. Of late years his health prevented him from taking much interest in parochial affairs, the death of his third son, Capt. Duncan Johnson Tuck, of wounds, in France, in July, 1916, having come as a great shock to him. In January, he went on an extended tour of France and Italy, and had only recently returned to England, suffering, it is understood, from jaundice. He leaves a widow, three sons and one daughter."

The Lynn Advertiser, Wisbech Constitutional Gazette, and Norfolk & Cambridgeshire Herald, Friday, 22 July 1921.
Probate "TUCK the reverend Francis Johnson of Sedgeford Vicarage Kings Lynn Norfolk clerk died 15 July 1921 at The Old Rectory Wavenden Fenny Stratford Buckinghamshire Probate London 3 November to Gerald Louis Johnson Tuck lieutenant-colonel late H.M. Army and Noel Johnson Tuck captain H.M. Army.
Effects £17600 17s."
Cambridge University Alumni
Admission at King's, a scholar from Eton: 13 October 1876.
[fifth] son of the Rev.John Johnson (1829), of Wymondley Parva, Herts.
born 23 October 1856. Matriculated Michs. 1876; 1874, B.A. (18th Wrangler) 1880. Football (assoc.) 'blue' 1879.
Ordained deacon (Oxford) 1883; priest, 1886. Assistant Master at Wellington College, 1880-5; at Eton, 1885-1900.
Reverend of Southmere with Sedgeford, Norfolk, 1900-21. Author, Elements of Geometrical Drawing.
Married, 26 December 1888, Ethel Mary, youngest daughter of John Edward Woodroffe, of South Kensington. Died 15 July 1921.

brother of Alfred J. (1867). -



Playing Career

Club(s) Played for Cambridge University AFC and Old Etonains AFC. Turned out for Reading FC in 1880-81 and Windsor FC in 1885.
Club honours not known
Height/Weight not known

England Career

Position(s) Back
Individual honours not known

Beyond England


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Match History

 Club: Cambridge University A.F.C. - no full appearances

F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - no full appearancesx

Age 22
9 1 March 1879 - England vs. Scotland, Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr postponed - frost res