Roy Albert COOMBE

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COOMBE, Roy Albert

Service Number: 5968
Enlisted: 29 November 1915, Charters Towers, Queensland
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 15th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bundaberg, Queensland, 16 September 1896
Home Town: Gympie, Queensland
Schooling: One Mile State School, Gympie
Occupation: Motor Expert
Died: Died of Illness (Meningitis), At Sea - aboard HMT "Itonus", 6 October 1916, aged 20 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Buried at Sea
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Gympie & Widgee War Memorial Gates, Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton
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World War 1 Service

29 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Charters Towers, Queensland
8 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5968, 15th Infantry Battalion
8 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 5968, 15th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Itonus, Brisbane
6 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 5968, 15th Infantry Battalion

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Biography

"THE LATE PROVOST-SERGEANT A. R. COOMBE.

News has been received that Provost-Sergeant A. R. Coombe died of meningitis on October 7, and was buried at sea. He was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Coombe, Redhill, Gympie, Queensland, and a grandson of Mr. J. K. Coombe, of Gympie, who was for some years a well known chorister at St. Peter's Cathedral, Adelaide. Provost-Sergeant Coombe was esteemed by all who knew him. He was a second lieutenant in the local senior cadets, and last November enlisted at Hughenden. On going into camp he joined the school of instruction, passed as sergeant, and afterwards acted as instructor. He left for the front about August 9 last, and must have been nearly at the end of the vovage, when he succumbed to his illness, three weeks after his 20th birthday." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 02 Dec 1916 (nla.gov.au)

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