Luscombe, Richard Athol

Accession Number PR05409
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Object type Letter
Maker Luscombe, Richard Athol
Place made France, United Kingdom: England
Date made 1916; 1917
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Collection relating to the First World War service of 6550 Private (Pte) Richard Athol Luscombe who served with 13 Battalion AIF. Comprises two pages of an original handwritten letter dated 3 December 1916 from Pte Luscombe describing musketry drill, going to fight at the front at the Somme in the near future, his impressions of the countryside in his surrounds, and the sounds of gunfire [that] '...sometimes shakes our huts'. Mention is also made of the Australian Artillery camp near Bulford and that his mate Bert Greenhalgh (believed to be 2038 Bomardier Albert Hadley Greenhalgh) '...was there just prior to me leaving the Australian shores but guess by now he is in the firing line'. It is not known if the letter had additional pages as it appears to be incomplete. Also included is a small 13th Battalion Christmas card sent by Pte Luscombe in 1917.