LUSCOMBE, Ernest Edward
(Service number 60953)

First Rank Last Rank


Date 9 September 1889 Place of Birth Makikihi

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment St Andrews
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Miss Mary Olive LUSCOMBE (sister), St Andrews, South Canterbury
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Illnesses - pleurisy months ago; appendicitis 3 years ago; varicocele

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

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Liberation Date


Date 19 September 1917 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 16 November 1962 Age 73 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 138, Plot 146
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Ernest Edward Luscombe was born on 29 September 1889 at Makikihi, the son of Philip Henry Bond Luscombe and his second wife, Mary Matilda (née Wilkes) Luscombe. He was probably educated at Hook School, where his father was elected chairman of the school committee in 1890. Philip Henry Bond Luscombe died on 1 July 1904 at Waimate Hospital and Mrs Mary Matilda Luscombe died on 14 July 1910 at her home, Burleigh Farm, Makikihi.

Ernest was a farmer at St Andrews when his name was drawn in the Sixth Ballot in April 1917. He had experienced a few illnesses - pleurisy months ago; appendicitis 3 years ago; varicocele. He, too, nominated his sister as next-of-kin – Miss Mary Olive Luscombe, St Andrews, South Canterbury. Ernest Luscombe left Timaru for Trentham Camp with the 32nd Reinforcements on 23 July 1917, after being farewelled at the Drill Shed and receiving gift parcels from the ladies of the Patriotic Society. On 25 August 1917 he was promoted to corporal, but in September he was granted leave without pay and referred to the District Medical Board.

Ernest Edward Luscombe married Stella Eveline Fanny Coe on 15 July 1925 at St Andrew’s Church, St Andrews. Their first child was born the next year at Nurse Angland’s, Grey Road, Timaru. Ernest died on 16 November 1962 at Christchurch, aged 73 years, and was buried at Timaru with his wife who had died in 1946 with her new-born son. His older brother, Arthur Wilkes Luscombe, served in World War One, while another brother, Herbert John Luscombe, of St Andrews, was held for home service, and his sister, Mary Olive Luscombe, joined the Volunteer Aid Detachment and served in New Zealand.


NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [21 December 2020]; Timaru Cemetery burial record (Timaru District Council) [26 December 2002]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [26 December 2020]; South Canterbury Times, 3 May 1904, Timaru Herald, 11 July 1904, 15 July 1910, 24 July 1917, 23 September 1925, 18 May 1926, Waimate Daily Advertiser, 17 April 1917 (Papers Past) [26 December 2020]

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