Charles Percy Larcombe

Aug 22, 1890

Born in Weymouth, Dorset, England to Frederick and Annie Maud (nee Cawsey) Larcombe


Jul 14, 1913

Embarked the SS Andania in Liverpool for the ship’s maiden voyage



Jul 26, 1913

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario


Jul 25, 1915

Attested into the 74th Battalion CEF in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Number 135772

Ø  Next of kin given as Frederick Larcombe, father, Pen Mill Stores, Yeovil, Somerset, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Customs Officer

Ø  Previous military experience given as 5 years in the British Army

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Assigned to the Reinforcing Draft


Oct 1, 1915

The Reinforcing Draft embarked the SS Scandinavian in Montreal, Quebec



Oct 10, 1915

Disembarked in Portsmouth, England.  On arrival in England he was transferred to the 36th Battalion in West Sandling


Mar 21, 1916

Transferred to the 3rd Canadian Training Brigade Signals Base with the 39th Battalion at West Sandling to be trained as a Signaler


Sep 3, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Sep 5, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 41 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 12, 1916

After leaving the base depot Private Larcombe joined the 21st Battalion in the support trenches near Albert, France and was assigned as a Signaler in “C” Company.  The battalion was preparing for their advance on the sugar refinery for their part of the Somme offensive. 


Mar 14, 1917

Admitted to the No. 2 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Bronchitis


Mar 16, 1917

Transferred to the CCRS (Canadian Corps Rest Station) at No. 6 CFA to recover


Mar 25, 1917

Discharged to duty from the rest station and rejoined the 21st Battalion


Apr 25, 1917

While at “C” Company headquarters, Private Larcombe was killed by an enemy artillery shell that exploded near him.  He was buried in the Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont St-Eloi, France


Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, F. Larcombe, 153 Sherbourne Road, Yeovil, Somerset, England


The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Annie Larcombe, at the same address

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