Next of kin plaque : Private Frederick Raymond Tulk, 5th Battalion, AIF

Accession Number REL41264
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Place made United Kingdom
Date made c 1920
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Bronze next of kin plaque, showing on the obverse, Britannia holding a laurel wreath, the British lion, dolphins, a spray of oak leaves and the words 'HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR' around the edge. Beneath the main figures, the British lion defeats the German eagle. The initials 'ECP', for the designer Edward Carter Preston appear above the lion's right forepaw. A raised rectangle above the lion's head bears the name 'FREDERICK RAYMOND TULK'.

History / Summary

Born in Melbourne, Victoria, Frederick Raymond 'Ray' Tulk was employed as a clerk when he enlisted, with his parents' consent, on 26 July 1915, the day after his eighteenth birthday. His elder brother Claude enlisted on the same day. After initial training Tulk was posted a private, service number 3508, to the 11th Reinforcements for the 5th Battalion. Claude was given the service number 3507 and posted to the same unit. Both men left Melbourne for overseas service on aboard HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October.

The Tulks joined their battalion in Egypt on 7 January 1916. Both attended a Machine Gun School in early March before moving to France for service on the Western Front at the end of the month. Raymond Tulk was killed at Pozieres on 25 July, the day of his nineteenth birthday. His body was not recovered for burial and his name is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial. Claude Tulk was severely wounded in the elbow in the same action but survived the war.

This memorial plaque was sent to Raymond's father, Frederick James Tulk, in January 1921.