Sir John Henry Luscombe

Artist: Sir Oswald Birley, ROI

In office from: 1921-1921

Background: Underwriting

In his youth Sir John Henry Luscombe represented England in the very first international Rugby Union match, played in 1871 against Scotland. He joined the vessel Norwood aged 16 before beginning a successful career as an underwriter for Lloyd's at 22. The Chairman of Lloyd's five times, in 1902, the year he was elected to Lloyd's Register's General Committee, he was knighted for his services to underwriting.

He became Deputy Chairman of Lloyd's Register in 1919 and agreed to be Chairman for a year after Sir Thomas Lane Devitt retired in 1920. A patron of the Lloyd's Register Cricket Club, he always attended the annual dinners. He died in 1937. Luscombe was buried at St Nicholas's Church Cemetary in Sussex. A photograph of his gravestone can be seen below.

Related links:


BBC The first international rugby match - 'A Sporting Nation' Early Days 1744 - 1899

Runs in the family...

Not only did Sir John Henry Luscombe play for England's Rugby Union team, but so did his brother Francis - who eventually went on to captain England in 1875.