George Ernest LUCKETT

George 1893

Boer War Service

Service Number: 453
Rank: Sergeant
Unit: 5th South Australian Imperial Bushmen
Conflict / Operation: South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
Native place: South Australia, Australia
Source: Murray page number - 368

Service Numbers: 453, 299
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 9th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Not yet discovered
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: signal man
Died: Circumstances of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: AIF Cemetery, West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
Section: LO, Road: 4S, Site No: 37
Memorials: Adelaide Australian Harbours Board WW1 Roll of Honour, Adelaide Grand Masonic Lodge WW1 Honour Board (2)

Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Sergeant, SN 453, 5th South Australian Imperial Bushmen

World War 1 Service

11 Feb 1915: Involvement SN 299, 9th Light Horse Regiment
11 Feb 1915: Embarked SN 299, 9th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Karroo, Melbourne
11 Nov 1918: Involvement SN 299, 9th Light Horse Regiment

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Digitised Records (National Archives Australia)

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George Ernest LUCKETT was born in Birmingham.pdf

The above document was written by researcher Chris Ward, and submitted for publication 26 August 2023.

Family

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1. George Ernest LUCKETT was born 4 Jun 1869 in Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England, son of George LUCKETT and Mary Ann FULFORD, and died 06 Aug 1943 in Magill, SA. He married Jessie LEWIS 28 Sep 1891 in Port Adelaide, SA. She was born 12 May 1868 in Port Adelaide, SA, daughter of William Henry LEWIS.

 Children of George Ernest LUCKETT and Jessie LEWIS:
  i.   2.   George Alexander Lewis LUCKETT was born 13 Feb 1893 in Birkenhead, SA and died 06 Mar 1971 in Windsor Gardens, SA
  ii.     Roderick Fulford LUCKETT was born 21 Feb 1895 in Birkenhead, SA
  iii.     Lalla LUCKETT was born 08 Jan 1898 in Birkenhead, SA
  iv.   3.   Douglas LUCKETT was born 19 Nov 1899 in Solomontown, SA and died 09 Nov 1965 in Daw Park, SA
  v.   4.   Jacqueline Henrietta (Jock) LUCKETT was born 07 Sep 1905 in Birkenhead, SA and died 31 May 1996
  vi.   5.   Sheila Edna LUCKETT was born 27 Nov 1907 in Edithburgh, SA and died 31 May 1988
  vii.   6.   Jessie MacColin Lewis LUCKETT was born 09 Mar 1910 in Birkenhead, SA and died 08 Jul 1986

 

Generation 2

 2. George Alexander Lewis LUCKETT was born 13 Feb 1893 in Birkenhead, SA and died 06 Mar 1971 in Windsor Gardens, SA. He married Juanita Lucia ECHEVARRI 17 Oct 1912 in Adelaide, SA. She was born ABT 1894 and died 22 May 1982.

 Children of George Alexander Lewis LUCKETT and Juanita Lucia ECHEVARRI:
  i.     Audrey Lucia LUCKETT was born 21 Feb 1913 in Glenelg, SA
  ii.     Juanita Esmee Echevarri LUCKETT was born 31 May 1920 in Adelaide, SA
  iii.     Alexander Douglas Echevarri LUCKETT was born 06 Dec 1921 in Adelaide, SA and died 03 May 2006

 

3. Douglas LUCKETT was born 19 Nov 1899 in Solomontown, SA and died 09 Nov 1965 in Daw Park, SA. He married Catherine CULLINAN 15 Jan 1927 in Peterborough, SA. She was born ABT 1895 and died 22 Aug 1961 in Fullarton, SA.

Other events in the life of Douglas LUCKETT
Military:  9th LHR SN 2130 

Children of Douglas LUCKETT and Catherine CULLINAN:
  i.     Patricia Jessie LUCKETT was born 15 Jun 1930 and died 21 Jul 1930 in Nailsworth, SA

 

4. Jacqueline Henrietta (Jock) LUCKETT was born 07 Sep 1905 in Birkenhead, SA and died 31 May 1996. She married Hurtle George (Jim) LEWIS 1926 in Adelaide, SA. He was born 10 Sep 1903 in Wokurna, SA and died 15 Apr 1990.

 

5. Sheila Edna LUCKETT was born 27 Nov 1907 in Edithburgh, SA and died 31 May 1988. She married Henry Lemon HEWETT 21 Dec 1927 in Largs Bay, SA. He was born 13 Feb 1905 in Keilli, SA and died 02 Jul 1983.

 

6. Jessie MacColin Lewis LUCKETT was born 09 Mar 1910 in Birkenhead, SA and died 08 Jul 1986. She married Alvan Albert (Dinny) IRELAND 02 Aug 1932 in Port Broughton, SA. He was born 10 Aug 1906 in Wokurna, SA and died 10 Jan 1987.

Last updated : 23 Aug 2023

1906  Years ago a sailor lad, a native of Birmingham, was shipwrecked on the western coast of Kangaroo Island. That he at the same time saved the life of his captain, and a thereby earned the Royal Humane Society's medal, was one of the stirring incidents of the period and of the wreck of the You Yangs. Amongst some of the wreckage subsequently, picked up off the rocks was a letter addressed to this lad, containing a lock of his sweetheart's hair. The finder sent the letter on to its owner—then the hero of the hour—with the result that this lad some four weeks later came by his own —the only article, possibly the most treasured, of his sea-chest contents to escape destruction. To-day, after a married life of some 13 years, and after a career of stirring adventure, both lad and sweetheart are to be met at Cape Borda in the persons of Mr. and Mrs. George Luckett.

To settle down so late to the routine of life as third keeper of the lighthouse, so near the scene of the You Yangs wreck, must seem passing strange and a great contrast to a man who, apart from the above-mentioned medal for saving life, has earned a medal for taking part as a sailor in the Boxer rebellion in China, and another with two clasps as a soldier sergeant in the late Boer war. 

That the children inherit some of the parent's spirit can be gauged from the following. One, a boy of 16, was shot through the muscle of the arm above the elbow, with a bullet from a small rifle. The companion, who had accidentally caused the mischief made in for help, 1½ miles distant. The victim and his little brother trotted along a few yards until the persistent flow of blood scared them into stopping. When found by the father the victim was sitting with one finger in-serted in the wound where the bullet went in, whilst the little brother plugged the hole with his little fingers on the underside of the wound. Experience with bullet-wounds in South Africa enabled the father to make a satisfactory job of binding up the injury. On the way home, on his father's back, the victim enquired, "Do you think I'll die, father?" "Well, not yet, my lad, but maybe when I get you home, and get the strap to work, you will!" A cheery sort of rejoinder, to which the lad attached no importance.

KANGAROO ISLAND. (1906, April 4). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), p. 7.  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5067312 

The following research document and images are published with the permission of Mandy  Whitrod, a descendant of George Luckett.

George Ernest Luckett (1869-1943) - Occasional Hero.odt

Army recruiting officers - George Luckett front centre

George Ernest Luckett 1901 with other sergeants of the 5th Contingent

Sea chest

Sea chest interior

HMCS Protector

Crew of the Protector