TOCKER, Albert Hamilton
(Service number 45967)
|First Rank||Sergeant||Last Rank|
|Date||24 February 1884||Place of Birth||Greytown|
|Address at Enlistment||10 Percival Street, Wellington|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Reverend C. J. TOCKER (brother), Geraldine|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||29th Reinforcements, Wellington infantry Regiment, B Company|
|Date||15 August 1917|
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|Date||14 July 1964||Age||80 years|
|Place of Death||Christchurch|
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Albert Hamilton Tocker was the eldest son of John and Annie Smith (née Baillie) Tocker. He was educated at Greytown School and Victoria University College, Wellington. Prior to his service with the NZEF, he completed a post-graduate course at Birmingham University. He nominated his brother, Cecil James Tocker, a Presbyterian minister at Geraldine, as his next -of-kin. Albert married Mary Helen Sievwright on 7 January 1920 at St Andrews Church, Wellington. He had returned from service abroad with the NZEF just a few days before. Professor Tocker had a notable academic career. After returning to new Zealand he was appointed lecturer in economics at Canterbury University College and succeeded to the professorship in 1926. In 1943 he was appointed rector of Canterbury University College for three.years. His brothers, Harry Hilliard Tocker and Frank Loasby Tocker, also served in World War I, and his brother Cecil was listed in the reserve roll.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [08 March 2019]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [10 March 2019]; Evening Post, 9 January 1920, 4 February 1920, Press, 1 June 1943 (Papers Past) [10 March 2019]
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