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Clarence Albert COOMBES

Regimental number11933
Place of birthNewcastle New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLocomotive fireman
AddressNewcastle West, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary E Coombes, off Porches Street, Newcastle West, New South Wales
Previous military service25th Australian Army Medical Corps
Enlistment date9 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal Driver
Unit nameField Ambulance 9, Section A
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/52/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 11 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Australian General Hospital
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (Crossed through)


Recommendation date: 12 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 20 October 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'On the 4th October, 1917, East of YPRES, the Advanced Dressing Station was being heavily shelled and a great number of wounded were being brought to the Station. Corporal COOMBES worked continuously under fire directing the unloading and loading of the wounded. His cheerfulness and courageous bearing was a splendid example to the bearers working under him. His work during the whole of the operations was particularly noticeable for the endurance, courage and cheerfulness shown.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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