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Regimental number4564
Place of birthForbes River, New South Wales
SchoolCleveland Street Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressYarras PO, Hastings River, via Wauchope, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 5.5"
Weight119 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs D M Coombes, Yarras PO, Hastings River, via Wauchope, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in Cadets.
Enlistment date27 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll11 August 1915
Place of enlistmentWarwick Farm, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Osterley on 15 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 12 October 1917
Place of death or woundingBroodseinde Ridge, Passchendaele, Belgium
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialLijssenthoek Military Cemetery Plot XXI, Row D, Grave No 21A), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Edward and Drusilla Macquarie COOMBES, Yarras, Hastings River, Wauchope, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrother: 4565 Pte Arthur COOMBES, 45th Bn, returned to Australia, 13 February 1917; 1st Cousins: 41 Pte Alfred COOMBES, 34th Bn, killed in action, 7 June 1917; 5060 Pte Arthur James COOMBES, 1st Bn, killed in action, 25 July 1916; 1669 Pte Matthew John COOMBES, 5th Light Trench Mortar Battery, returned to Australia, 4 May 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 45th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 6 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 8 June 1916.

Admitted to 29th Casualty Clearing Station, 21 July 1916 (haemoptysis); transferred to 12th Field Ambulance, 23 July 1916; to 24th General Hospital, Etaples, 23 July 1916; to England, 5 August 1916, and admitted to Brook War Hospital, Woolwich; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 1 September 1916 (tuberculosis of lung Hospital, Woolwich, and transferred same day to Royal Herbert Hospital, Woolich; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 16 September 1916.

Marched out to No 1 Command Depot, Codford, 18 October 916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 2 November 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 19 November 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 14 June 1917.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 10 September 1917.

Promoted Corporal, 25 September 1917.

Wounded in action, 12 October 1917 (shrapnel wound, face and right arm), and admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, and transferred to 17th Casualty Clearing Station.

Died of wounds, 12 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, COOMBES Stanley

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