Able Seaman Frederick Samuel Luscombe
|Service||Royal Navy||Service No.||197474 (Dev)|
|Date of Birth:||1882Born Highweek, Newton Abbot||Date of Death:||10/04/1918|
|Memorial:||Dawlish||Memorial Inscription||LUSCOMBE F.S. A.B. H.M.S.MAGIC|
Frederick Samuel Luscombe joined the Royal Navy as a Boy Seaman in January 1898. He signed on for a 12 year engagement on 4th May 1900, supposedly on his 18th birthday. He had given his previous occupation as errand boy and date of birth as 11 May 1882 which is at variance with his registered date of birth. He was recorded in the 1901 census as an Ordinary Seaman aboard H.M.S.HIGHFLYER, a 2nd class cruiser and flagship on the East Indies and North America Station.
In 1911 Frederick was an Able Seaman aboard H.M.S.NEMESIS, a Destroyer of the 2nd Destroyer Flotilla at Portland. He is shown as married and born in 1883 at Dawlish. His character references are all shown as ‘VG’.
He appears to have been appointed to a number of shore bases and depot ships to serve in smaller ships, and it was in this context that he was serving in H.M.S.MAGIC in 1918. She was a destroyer of the ‘Moon’ class, launched in 1915 and brought into service in 1916.
In April 1918 she was steaming off Fanad Head, a northerly point close to Londonderry, when she struck a mine and had bow damage. 25 men were killed in the explosion, including Able Seaman Luscombe.
Association with Dawlish
Frederick Samuel Luscombe was the grandson of Samuel Luscombe, age 61, a farm labourer and his wife Maria, 59, who in 1881 lived in Moor Park Road, Highweek. Samuel was born in Moretonhampstead and his wife was born in Gidleigh.
Their son, Henry Luscombe, a gardener, was born Lustleigh in 1851 and living next door with his wife Mary Ann, born in Ideford, 1853, with their children, John Edward (1875-1951), William Henry (1878- ) and Frederick S, aged 3 months (GRO birth ref 1880 Oct/Dec, Newton Abbot, vol 5b, p 133), all born in Highweek, Newton Abbot.
Henry Luscombe died aged 34 in 1884 (GRO ref Newton Abbot, June, vol 5b, p 91).
In 1891 the widow Mary Ann Luscombe was living at 15 Exeter Road, Highweek, with John, an errand boy, Fred, aged 11 and a scholar, and Florence (1883 - ).
In 1898 the widow Mary Ann Luscombe of 16 King Street,Dawlish, married Arthur George Hill at Newton Abbot Registry Office, on 26 December. They lived at Luscombe Terrace at the time of Frederick's death (see Dawlish Gazette report in Documents).
In Q4 1910 Frederick married Beatrice Down (1883- ) in Newton Abbot district. She was a twin daughter of George and Elizabeth Down of Hillhead, Mamhead, where he was a shepherd. The family are shown there in the 1891 and 1901 censuses. Beatrice and her twin Blanche had been born in Kingsteignton. Frederick and Beatrice later set up home at 2 Clifton Place, Dawlish and they appear to have had a child.
|Devon Roll of Honour||Luscombe, Fredrk Samuel, A.B., H.M.S.Magic, 10th Apr 1918|
Commonwealth War Graves Site
|Next of Kin:||Beatrice Luscombe, widow, 3 Exe View Cottages, St Thomas, Exeter|
|Last Known Address:||2, Clifton Place, Dawlish|
Free BMD refs
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Luscombe family tree(Ancestry).