Captain Charles Tuckniss
Stewart’s Grandfather, Captain Charles Tuckniss was wounded
in France in the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916. On the
first day alone there were 60,000 Commonwealth casualties 20,000
of which were killed. Upon recuperating he was posted to India
and served with the Indian A Company 2/103 Mahratta Light Infantry.
Captain Bernard Wentworth Tuckniss
Stewart’s Father, Captain Bernard Tuckniss attended Repton
Public School, Derbyshire where he was active in the Officer Cadet
Training Unit (OCTU). In 1942 he was posted to India and commissioned
into the Indian Army 5th Mahratta Light Infantry serving throughout
South East Asia for which he was awarded the Burma Star.
The Mahratta Regiment
The Mahratta Regiment was originally raised around 1800 as a battalion
of the 8th Regiment of Bombay Native Infantry. The Regiment fought
through the Great War, rendering gallant service in Iraq as the
116th Mahrattas. The Regiment was composed entirely of sturdy
fighters from the uplands of the Bombay (Mumbai) Presidency round
Ponna and Satara. In the days of the East India Company, the Mahrattas
put up a stout resistance to the Company’s forces in the
two Mahratta Wars of 1803-06 and 1817-19.
Capt C.S.Tuckniss, "A"Coy 2/103
Mahratta Light Infantry 1917
Cpt B.W.Tuckniss 5th Mahratta Light Infantry
Officers and V.C.Os. 19th Sept 1943
Stewart studied a Masters Degree in the Politics of NATO and from 1991 worked extensively within the UK Ministry of Defence working alongside the Army and Royal Air Force. This has included two overseas postings to the Former Yugoslavia for which he has received the NATO medal and the German Command and Service Badge Bronze.
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Stewart J W Tuckniss
Stewart - Former Yugoslavia 1996
Stewart at Portobello Market Jul 2009
Campaigning in Rajasthan Jan 05