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B48P233 Coombe

April 23rd, 2011 by Alexandra

Private Albert COOMBE 8/909 and daughter Barbara

Otago Regiment
New Zealand Expeditionary Forces

Died 16 November 1918

[Old stone]
In loving memory of
my dear husband
Private Albert Coombe
(ANZAC)
Died 16th Nov. 1918 aged 33 years
Also our dear little daughter
Barbara
Died 25th November 1918 aged 2 years
RIP

Died of disease [1]
Block 48. Lot 233

Husband of Mrs. H. Le Comte (formerly Coombe), of Springston, Canterbury. Born in London, England*. Served in Egypt, 1914-15, and at Gallipoli.[2]
[Interesting that she appears to have remarried since putting the original stone on the grave. However note that he was also listed as single in a newspaper item below. Also newspaper states different age].
*Christchurch Cemeteries database states born in New Zealand

Also injured in 1915
SICK AND WOUNDED ADMITTED MILITARY HOSPITAL, FRENSHAM, NEAR FARNHAM
Pte. Otago Battalion. Coombe, Albert, 8/909 [4]

Evening Post, Volume XCIV, Issue 53, 31 August 1917, Page 8
Not reported as a severe case
Coombe, A., 8/909, Wellington [5]

Evening Post, Volume XCVI, Issue 91, 14 October 1918, Page 3
AFTER SERVICE
SOLDIERS RETURNING
DUE TO ARRIVE SHORTLY
Coombe, A., 8/909, no address given [6]

Evening Post, Volume XCVI, Issue 122, 19 November 1918, Page 7
8/909 Tpr. Albert Coombe, an undischarged soldier, died 18th. November, 1918. He was 37 years of age and single, his next-of-kin being his mother, Mrs. W. J. Coombe, 197, Vivian street, Wellington[3]

His Cenotaph database record:
muse.aucklandmuseum.com/databases/Cenotaph/3099.detail?Or…

His CWGC record:
www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=642351

His military records are available but with restrictions:
www.archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewFullItem.do?code=21897074

References:
[1]
Cenotaph database
[2]
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
[3]
paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=s…
[4]
paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=s…
[5]
paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=s…
[6]
paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=s…

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