Tuke, Christopher Henry

He was the second son of Anthony William Tuke, Vice-Chairman of Barclay’s Bank, and Agnes Edna Tuke (daughter of Henry George Gannaway); the family home was The Old Rectory, Ayot St. Lawrence, Hertfordshire, though formerly they had lived at Freelands, Wherwell, near Andover. Tuke came to ‘H’ – of which his father (1910-1915) and elder brother, Anthony Favill (1934-1939), were also members – from Mowden House, Brighton, in September 1935.

He played for Commoner XV in 1940, and showed himself an all-round athlete. He was Senior House Prefect from September 1940, and Senior Commoner Prefect in his last term, Cloister Time 1941. He rose to the rank of Company Sergeant Major in the JTC.

He joined the 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards, and was considered a first-class officer.

Having taken part in the fighting at Salerno, he was killed on November 6th 1943, in his twenty-second year, during the first battle of Monte Camino.

After being wounded in a minefield, he was blown up by a second mine.    He lies in grave IV.J.12 of Minturno War Cemetery.


War: World War 2

  • Surname: Tuke
  • Forenames or initials: Christopher Henry
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1935-1941
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Coldstream Guards
  • Date of Birth: 12th July 1922
  • Date of Death: 6th November 1943
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner B1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Minturno War Cemetery: Grave IV.J.12