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Samuel Luscombe
Samuel was my Great, Great Grandfather. The photograph shows Samuel Luscombe with his son Samuel and Grandson.
From the newspaper:- A CRIMEAN VETERAN MR. S. LUSCOMBE, FORMERLY OF KINGSAND AND NOW OF WADEBRIDGE Mr. Samuel Luscombe, whose portrait appears in our centre pages, formerly resided at Ivy Cottage, Kingsand, but is now living with his eldest daughter at Wadebridge. Born on January 14, 1830 at Belstone, near Okehampton, he is now within sight of 94. Still hale and hearty, his memory is clear and he talks interestingly of bygone days. Mr. Luscombe joined the Royal Navy in 1846 and saw 40 years' active service. He remembers running into Naples in the old Vanguard in 1848 with guns double-shotted and the flagship flying the flag of truce. He served in the Bellerophon and Orion in the Black Sea and Baltic, landed with the Naval Brigade at Eupatoria, and was present at the bombardment of Sebastopol. He possesses the Crimea medal and bar, Turkish and Baltic medals, and the medal for long service and good conduct.

FEBRUARY 3, 1926 DEATH OF ANOTHER CRIMEAN VETERAN PASSING OF MR. SAMUEL LUSCOMBE AT WADEBRIDGE Mr. Samuel Luscombe, who passed away on Monday, at the residence of his eldest daughter at Egloshayle, Wadebridge, was born in the little village of Belstone, near Okehampton, Devon, on the 14th Jan. 1830. At the age of 16, when men's wages in the village was only 1/- a day, he made up his mind to leave home, and made his way to Plymouth, where he went on board HMS Caledonia, then flagship at Plymouth Dock (now Devonport). He was entered for the Navy and sent away to the Mediterranean to join HMS Vanguard, one of the old line of battleships. He served in HM ships Bellerophon and Orion in the Black Sea and Baltic, through the war with Russia (1854-6), landed with the Naval Brigade at Eupatoria, was present at the bombardments of Sebastopol and Odessa, also at the battle of Alma, and in assisting the landing of troops at Varna. He was proud to tell how the signal was made to his ship "Well done Bellerophon," and of his hair-breadth escapes during the course of the war, that three times his ship caught fire, and how that the gun's crew at the gun next to his were all killed at their gun, but he came through it all without hurt, although in those days greater hardships had to be experienced even under ordinary conditions. Nothing delighted him more than to relate his experiences and adventurous career in the Navy, or, to use his own term "fighting his battles over again." Mr. Luscombe possessed the Crimean medal and Sebastopol Clasps, Turkish, and Baltic Medals, and the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, and it is noteworthy that he received the Sebastopol Clasp nearly fifty years after it was due to him. In 1857 he joined the Coastguard Service and was stationed at Exmouth, Brixham, St. Mawes and Cawsand and he could tell many a story in connection with the old smuggling days. He was pensioned in 1881 after over 35 years of service. His wife pre-deceased him 13 years ago. All his children are still living, viz., two sons and four daughters. There are 28 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. In politics he was a staunch Conservative. At the last General Election he recorded his vote at Wadebridge and was proud to wear his war decorations and a rosette which he wore on the occasion of the marriage of the late King Edward. On two occasions in recent years the Prince of Wales conversed with him, once on Plymouth Hoe when he went from Wadebridge alone by rail to Plymouth to be inspected with the veterans, and again when the Prince was journeying from Polzeath he stopped his car to talk with him on the highway to Wadebridge. He was in the habit of enjoying a smoke once a year at Christmas time from the old pipe used by him in the Crimean War, which had been mended again and again with sealing wax, twine, etc. Up to within a few months of his death he read his newspapers daily and conversed freely, but latterly he had no desire for either, but retained a clear memory, and patiently awaited the end. The funeral will take place at Maker, near Plymouth, on Monday afternoon next.

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