Rank: Petty Officer Telegraphist 309324
Regiment: HM Submarine E30 Royal Navy
Died: 7 April 1916
Otterton Memorial Cross
Other Memorial: Blyth Cemetery [Google]
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Robert Larcombe was born in 1880 in Plymouth, the son of John and Matilda. His father, John, worked on the railways, finally as station master in Otterton. In the 1891 census the family were in Ilfracombe, and by 1901 in Otterton, but by this time Robert was no longer living at home.
Robert was one of seven children, and brother to Thomas who also appears on the Otterton War Memorial, but about whom no records can be found. Both Robert and Thomas were educated in Ilfracombe.
In 1910 Robert married Minnie Murgatroyd, by which time he was in the Royal Navy. Minnie was in Portland at the time of Robert’s death in 1916. Robert Larcombe was killed by a battery explosion aboard his submarine, E30, which was based at Blyth, Northumberland. For more, see Devon Men in the Royal Navy on this site.
He is remembered with honour in Otterton and Portland, and is buried in Blyth Cemetery, Northumberland.
Pictured above is the E32, sister ship to E30. © IWM (Q 67706)
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