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Francis John COOMBES

Regimental number1171
Place of birthLuton, Bedfordshire, England
Place of birthLuton, England
SchoolErskineville Public School, New South Wales
Age on arrival in Australia6
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPainter
AddressCalvania Robert Street, Camperdown, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs J Coombes, 63 Robert Street, Camperdown, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


A keen and reliable Non-Commissioned Officer . Did very good work in charge of a patrol near the Butte de Warlencourt on 1 February 1917.
Recommendation date: 3 March 1917

FateKilled in Action 31 August 1918
Place of death or woundingMont St Quentin, France
Age at death26
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialPeronne Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot III, Row A, Grave No. 39), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
82
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Jane COOMBES, Grey Street, Carlton, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsNil

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