Partner A.E. Dyson

Queer Places:
University of Wales Trinity Saint David, College St, Lampeter SA48 7ED, Regno Unito

Cliff Tucker (18 December 1912-21 May 1993) was born in Monmouth, the son of a Baptist Minister.

He was educated at Monmouth School and then St David's College Lampeter. He became employed in Imperial Chemical Industries' industrial relations division in 1936, and from 1946 until retirement worked for British Petroleum, retiring as Industrial Relations Manager.

From an early age, Tucker was a member of the Labour Party and was elected a councillor in the London Boroughs of Stepney, St Pancras and Camden. He was also for many years a justice of the peace and acted as deputy chair of the Inner London Magistrates Committee during 1978-1981.

Amongst his interests, Tucker was a long-term supporter of Toynbee Hall, living there in the 1950s.

Tucker supported A.E. Dyson in his campaigns for gay civil rights and also retained a life-long interest in his old college. These interests coincided with his campaign to exonerate his good friend, Illtud Evans (then called John Alban Evans). Despite excelling academically and entering St David's College as a Bates English Prizeman in 1931, in 1934 Evans was expelled from St David's College for admitting his homosexuality. Evans converted to Catholicism in 1937 and was ordained a priest, adopting the name Illtud in 1943. He became a respected liberal theologian, author and campaigner for penal reform. He died in Greece in 1972. Tucker wrote to the college and conducted research using its minute books to campaign for Evans to be posthumously awarded his degree.

On his death, Tucker bequeathed to his old college (later University of Wales, Lampeter) money to pay for a scholarship for research in history, a public lecture series and a new lecture theatre.


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