Jack (Jack) COOMBE


Service Number: VX57102
Enlisted: 2 May 1941, Royal Park, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/2nd Pioneer Battalion
Born: Clunes Victoria, 19 April 1919
Home Town: Clunes, Hepburn, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Natural causes (Heamochromotosis), Geelong Victoria, 19 September 1994, aged 75 years
Cemetery: Geelong Western Cemetery, Victoria
Bellbrae Military Cemetry
Memorials: Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

2 May 1941: Enlisted Private, VX57102, Royal Park, Victoria
2 May 1941: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, VX57102, 2nd/2nd Pioneer Battalion
7 Mar 1942: Imprisoned
17 Dec 1945: Discharged Private, VX57102, 2nd/2nd Pioneer Battalion
17 Dec 1945: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, VX57102, 2nd/2nd Pioneer Battalion

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Biography contributed by Edwin De Vivo

Jack Coombe was born in Clunes Victoria.

His parents were Benjamin and Elizabeth Coombe. Ben Coombe (/explore/people/316675) had served in World War 1 at Gallipoli and the Western Front where he was wounded and sent to hospital at Weymouth in the UK.

It was there that he met his future wife Elizabeth Hughes who was a nurse. They married in 1917 and later returned to Australia.

Jack Coombe served in World War 2 in Syria and then was returned to Java where later his unit was captured by the Japanese. Later he was sent to Changi prison in Singapore and finally to the Thai/Burma railway camp (the same camp as Weary Dunlop).

After the war Jack returned to Victoria where he married Joyce Hill. They had five children and lived in Kennet River and then Anglesae, Victoria where Jack worked as a carpenter and builder.

Jack died in Geelong Hospital at the age of 75 in 1994.