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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Eustace Yelland MORCOMBE

Born 13 October 1898 in Prospect, South Australia [55]
Son of Thomas Yelland MORCOMBE and Fanny RIDGWAY [55]
Farmhand in Prospect, South Australia in 1916 [30: item 7986380]
At the age of 18 years enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 27 October 1916 in Adelaide, South Australia [30: item 7986380]
     On enlistment was noted as 5 feet 6½ inches tall, weighing 128 lbs. with blue eyes, brown hair and a medium complexion [30]
     Embarked from Adelaide, South Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A48 Seang Bee on 10 February 1917 [30]
     Private 3455 in the A.I.F.'s 50th Battalion, Postal Corps and Machine Gun Company in England during the First World War [30]
     During the war his mother passed away and on 21 November 1917 he changed his next of kin to his brother William [30]
     Married (1) Elsie May PESTELL on 30 March 1918 at the Parish Church in Spittlegate, Grantham, Lincoln, England [30: item 7986380]
     Embarked from Devonport, England on the Ascanius and disembarked in Adelaide, South Australia on 28 March 1919 [30]
     In total he served in the A.I.F. for two years and 193 days, of which two years and 47 days were spent abroad [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 7 August 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Departed Adelaide, South Australia with his wife on the steamship Ormonde and arrived in Plymouth, England in February 1920 [204]
     Also aboard the same voyage was Rev. Frederick W. GUNNING, Anglican Rector of Moora in Western Australia [204]
     He gave his occupation as Carpenter and upon arrival both he and his wife were intending to permanently live in England [204]
     At the end of an almost two-year residence in England their final address was 123 Victoria Street in Grantham, Lincolnshire [203]
     Departed London, England with his wife and infant daughter Joyce Evelyn on the steamship Beltana on 9 November 1921 [203]
     They travelled on the Beltana to Adelaide, South Australia intending to remain in Australia; he gave his occupation as Labourer[203]
     In 1924 their second daughter Margaret Elsie was born in Ceduna, South Australia [55]
     He and his wife Elsie later divorced, and she was married for the second time to Ernest Charles COUZENS in Adelaide in 1932 [55]
Resided at Waddy Forest in the Coorow district of Western Australia in 1934 [5]
     Attended the Dance conducted by the Carnamah Toc H at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 24 February 1934 [5: 2-Mar-1934]
     Member of the Waddy Forest Tennis Club in 1934 [5: 28-Sep-1934]
     After purchasing a farm in Yandanooka he left Waddy Forest on Saturday 20 October 1934 [5: 26-Oct-1934]
Farmer of Rosslyn Farm in Yandanooka 1934-1959 [4: 6-Feb-1959] [19]
     Shortly after arriving at his farm in Yandanooka he appears to have briefly returned to South Australia to get married [5] [55]
     Married (2) Alvira Auguste LINKE on 13 December 1934 at Saint Paul's Lutheran Church in Ceduna, South Australia [55]
     His wife won 1st prize for Crochet Doyleys at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on Thursday 5 September 1935 [5: 13-Sep-1935]
     Attended the Fourth Annual North Midlands R.S.L. Reunion Dinner held in Three Springs on 19 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
     Member of the Yandanooka Cricket Club in 1935-36 and 1936-37[5: 21-Feb-1936, 6-Nov-1936]
     Played for North Midlands Cricket Association in its match against the Carnamah District Cricket Association in 1935 [5: 6-Dec-1935]
     His wife's mother, two brothers and their friend Mr SHARTZ drove from South Australia to visit them in Yandanooka [5: 18-Sep-1936]
     He and his wife took their visitors on a tour of the North Midlands including several days with his relatives in Waddy Forest [5]
     Attended the Fifth Annual North Midlands R.S.L. Reunion Dinner in Dongara on Saturday evening 24 October 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
     Played for the North Midlands Cricket Association in their victory against the Morawa Association on 10 January 1937 [5: 15-Jan-1937]
     His niece Helen F. MORCOMBE of Waddy Forest holidayed with himself and his wife in Yandanooka in May 1937 [5: 14-May-1937]
     His wife won both 1st and 2nd prizes for Crochet Doyleys at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in 1937 [5: 10-Sep-1937]
     Member of the Mingenew Bowling Club 1952-1959 [4: 6-Feb-1959]
He and his wife were bid farewell by about 40 friends at the Bowling Club in Mingenew on Saturday evening 31 January 1958 [4]
     At their farewell, which consisted of a few games of bowls and supper, they were presented with a set of ramekin dishes [4: 6-Feb-1959]
     Left Yandanooka in February 1958 and retired to the Perth suburb of Mount Pleasant [4: 6-Feb-1959]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Victoria Park [2]
Died 13 April 1979; ashes scattered over the Rose Garden at the Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Eustace Yelland Morcombe' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 29 June 2022 from [reference list]

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