Edward Richard Liscombe

Nov 9, 1888

Born in Bexley, Ontario to Jess Ribard and Olivine (nee Bradmore) Liscombe


Mar 15, 1916

Attested into the 109th Battalion CEF in Coboconk, Ontario

Ø  Number 724160

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Jess Liscombe, mother, Coboconk, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Assigned to “D” Company

It appears that he could not write as his signature is made with an X and noted as “his mark”


Jul 23, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Jul 31, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to the Bordon Camp, near Longmoor, Hampshire


Aug 16, 1916

The battalion moved to Bramshott to continue training


Oct 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Oct 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 917 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 22, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Bully Grenay


Nov 12, 1916

Attached to the 4th Field Company, Canadian Engineers for duty


Dec 18, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from the engineers


Aug 15, 1917

During the battalion’s attack on Hill 70 severe resistance was encountered which often included hand to hand combat.  The enemy mounted several counter attacks in an effort to regain lost ground.  During this heavy fighting, Private Liscombe was killed in action.  He was buried a short time later in the Cité St. Laurient.  When the war ended, the Imperial War Graves Commission made an attempt to locate his grave and move his remains to a Commonwealth cemetery, but his grave could not be located.  Since Private Liscombe has no known grave, he is honoured on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France for those killed during the war with no known burial site.


Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Jess Liscombe, Coboconk, Ontario

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Olivine Liscombe, at the same address

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