Jacob Tucker was born in 1896 in Bialystok, Poland to Avraham Kelman and Chaya Gittel. His father had a factory which made weaving spindles and Jacob would help his father after school.
At the age of 15, when his father died, Jacob moved to a neighboring village and became an expert in his field. Shortly thereafter he joined his brother in the US. During World War I, on April 20, 1918 Jacob joined the British Army and served with the 39th Kings Rifle Battalion. With the battalion he reached Palestine and remained there after his discharge in February 1920.
In response to the call by Joseph Trumpeldor to protect the Galilee, Jacob joined the defenders of Tel Chai and was killed there on March 1, 1920.