His parents were Edward Arthur & Emma (nee Edwards d 1912). Both Edward and Emma were born in Sydney city. They were married in 1879. They divorced in 1899. Edward was a painter who had filed for bankruptcy in 1887.
George was the 6th of 7 children. He had 5 brothers and 1 sister. He did not marry.
George enlisted on 17 Aug 1914.
He stated occupation as gasfitter and address as Goulburn Street, City.
He was tall and well-built being 5ft 8¾in (175cm) tall; weighed 150lb (68kg); chest 35½-37½in (90-95cm). He had no distinguishing marks; a fair complexion, blue eyes, brown hair; and was Church of England.
He named his brother Arthur as his next of kin.
He was assigned Service Number 56 and attached to 4th Battalion which was part of the 1st Brigade of the 1st Division. He had spent the past 2 years in the 25th Australian Infantry Regiment and was still serving.
War Service: Gallipoli
After initial local training the 4th Battalion departed Sydney on HMAT Euripides on 20 Oct 1914 for Egypt.
After disembarking 4 Dec they immediately went into many weeks of training at Mena Camp within sight of the Great Pyramids.
On 5 Apr they embarked at Alexandria for Gallipoli.
On 25 April 1915, 4th Battalion took part in the later waves at the ANZAC landings. Up till 29 April, Battalion casualties were 28 killed, 67 missing, and 115 wounded. A large proportion of these casualties, including Battalion Commander, were during a mistaken advance along No Mans Land on 26 Apr.
Over the following weeks it was a war of daily attrition, privation, and sickness. On 3 Jun George was evacuated sick to the Field Ambulance, returning to his Unit on 15th.
On 7 Jul he was again evacuated sick this time off Gallipoli to Murdos and then by ship to Malta being admitted to St Andrews Hospital on 20 Jul.
He died of enteric (typhoid) fever on 29 Jul 1915 and was buried Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta.
On 7 Aug SMH Roll of Honour notice stated:
“NURCOMBE.-Private George Nurcombe. who died of wounds and fever at Malta on July 29, received at the Dardanelles. He died as he lived, honourably. Aged 20 years. Inserted by his loving brother, Fred, his sister-in-law, Louisa, and niece, Ena.
NURCOMBE.-Private George Nurcombe, who died of wounds and fever at Malta on July 29, received at the Dardanelles fighting for his country, aged 20 years. A noble end to a noble life. Inserted by his sorrowing friends, Mrs. M. Guillott and family.
NURCOMBE–Private George Nurcombe, who died of wounds and fever at Malta on July 29, received at the Dardanelles. He gave his life for his country. Inserted by his sincere friends, Mr. and Mrs. McDonald.”
On 9 Aug SMH Men of the Dardanelles notice stated:
“Private George Nurcombe (died of wounds and fever) was formerly a member of the 25th Infantry of the Citizen Forces and was 20 years old. Prior to enlisting he was in the employment of the Australian Gaslight Company. His death occurred at the military hospital at Malta on July 29, 1915.”
George had named his eldest brother Arthur as his next of kin and he named his younger brother Robert as the sole beneficiary in his will.
In May 1916 his family received his personal effects including notebook, photos, lottery ticket, letters, cards, wristlet watch and watch (both damaged).
His younger brother enlisted after George’s death and also served in the 4th Battalion. He was wounded in the right eye in 1917 and returned to Australia.
George is also commemorated on the memorial in St Anne’s Anglican Church, Victoria Road, Ryde; and also (as A Nurcombe) on the Glebe Memorial on Glebe Point Road.