George Ernest LUCKETT

George Ernest Luckett (1870-1943) was crew member on the steamer You Yangs when she was wrecked on 14 June 1890 near Cape Gantheaume. All the crew survived. Lockett saved the life of Captain John Hardie Veitch and was awarded the bronze medal for bravery by the Royal Humane Society*. In 1904 Luckett was the 3rd keeper at Cape Borda light house. In 1909 Luckett was the second keeper at Cape de Couedic when it commenced operations. He had previously been the second keeper at Cape Northumberland and had also served in the South African aka Boer War as a Sergeant with 5th South Australian Imperial Bushman. - Chris Ward.

* Sourced from the 1891 Annual Report of the Royal Humane Society of Australasia, Inc. “Case 946 - George Ernest Luckett, of Port Adelaide, South Australia, seaman, aged 21 years, rescued John Hardie Veitch, of Melbourne. Victoria, captain of the s.s. You Yangs, which was wrecked on 14th June , 1890, at Cape Gantheaume, South Australia, from drowning at Cape Willoughby, on 16th June, 1890. An open boat, which left the You Yangs two days previously, was approaching land, when it capsized in the breakers at Cape Willoughby. Captain Veitch was clinging to the upturned boat, being unable to swim, when Luckett, who had got safely ashore from the boat, seeing his captain’s predicament, again went to his assistance, and succeeded in bringing him safely to land in an exhausted condition”

Veitch died on 26 March 1922 in Sydney age 62 years

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

Digitised Records (National Archives Australia)


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George Ernest LUCKETT was born 1859 in Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England 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. George Alexander Lewis LUCKETT was born 13 Feb 1893 in Birkenhead, 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. Douglas LUCKETT was born 19 Nov 1899 in Solomontown, SA
v. Jacqueline Henrietta LUCKETT was born 07 Sep 1905 in Birkenhead, SA
vi. Shiela Edna LUCKETT was born 27 Nov 1907 in Edithburgh, SA
vii. Jessie MacColin Lewis LUCKETT was born 09 Mar 1910 in Birkenhead, SA

Last updated : 8 Aug 2021