William John COOMBE


COOMBE, William John

Service Number: 3628
Enlisted: 26 May 1917, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Waterfall Gully, South Australia, 28 May 1899
Home Town: Strathalbyn, Alexandrina, South Australia
Schooling: Public School
Occupation: Farm Hand/ Blacksmith
Died: Died of Wounds (Shrapnel Wound Hip/Thigh), France, 30 June 1918, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Crouy British Cemetery, Crouy-sur-Somme
(III.C.20) Crouy British Cemetery, France.
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Gumeracha Our Fallen Heroes WW1 Honour Board, Kersbrook Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

26 May 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3628, 48th Infantry Battalion, Adelaide, South Australia
16 Jul 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3628, 48th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Port Melbourne, Sydney
28 Jun 1918: Wounded Shrapnel Wound Hip/Thigh due to enemy Shell Fire

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William was born as William James Samuel Walter COOMBE on 28th May, 1899

His parents were William COOMBE and Mary Maud CRAIGIE


Private Coombe was wounded on 28 June 1918 when the 48th Battalion was in the trenches near Sailly-le-Sec, France. During the day the enemy had subjected the entire area to heavy shell fire and the battalion diary notes that one person was killed and another six were wounded. Private Coombe was taken to the 47th Casualty Clearing Station nearby, but two days later died of his wounds he received.