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Regimental number1254
Place of birthLondon, Ontario, Canada
SchoolCommon School, Canada
Age on arrival in Australia21
AddressIngram, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation40
Next of kinSister, Mrs Fanny Prenouth, Boston, Mass., United States of America
Enlistment date22 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name39th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/56/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll39th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateKilled in Action 3 August 1917
Place of death or woundingMessines, Belgium
Age at death47.3
Age at death from cemetery records47
Place of burialKandahar Farm Cemetery (Plot II, Row F, Grave No. 22), Neuve-Eglise, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Alice COOMBES. Nataive of Canada

Military Medal

'On 7th/8th and 9th June, 1917, during operations south of MESSINES for his untiring energy, and his coolness. When the stretcher bearers of his Battalion became casualties this N.C.O. organised and conducted parties to the advanced front line, and supervised the evacuation of wounded to the Regimental Aid Post. From the commencement of the action in the early morning of the 7th until the morning of the 9th he worked almost ceaselessly under fire and exhibited great coolness and courage.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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