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Born in Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, he was brought up in Swansea and educated at Swansea Grammar School. He was a scholar of Jesus College, Oxford, where he read Classics, and he later took at external degree (with 1st class honours) at London University. He came to RGS High Wycombe from Pocklington School where he had been Second Master for a number of years. Prior to teaching at Pocklington School, he had taught at Bemrose School, Derby.
Tucker was appointed headmaster of RGS High Wycombe on 29 March 1933, succeeding George Wright Arnison, and remained head until his death. The school expanded greatly during his term of office and he was elected to the Headmaster's Conference in 1943. He was, as at 1959, a member of the All Soul's Group, a private group of influential administrators and educators that had first been convened in 1941 by the Warden of All Soul's College, Oxford, William Adams, with a view to discussing the reform of post-war education.
- Funeral Service, All Saint's Church, High Wycombe, 30 July 1964 Photos published in flikr
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- Colonial Educators: The British Indian and Colonial Education Service 1858-1983 by Clive Whitehead, published by I.B. Tauris, page 205