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Thomas George Coombs
Age: 21
Rank: Private
Regti. No.: 17288
1914-1915 Star Medal Ribbon Victory Medal Ribbon British War Medal Ribbon
Regiment: 6th (Service) Battalion South Wales Borderers
Medals: 1914-1915 Star, Victory, British War

Thomas George Coombs, a collier at Celynen Colliery, second son of Thomas and Susan Coombs, of, Bryn Howard Terrace, arrived in France in September 1915 with the 6th (Service) Battalion South Wales Borderers. On 10 August 1917 the 25th Division, with his battalion as pioneers, captured Westhoek, Pilckem Ridge, in the rain with mud underfoot. during the Third Battle of Ypres, Flanders. The Germans counter-attacked on the night of 10 November, but were repulsed. Private T G Coombs (17288) was killed in action 11 August 1917, aged 21, and is buried in the Huts Cemetery, southwest of Ieper (=Ypres). He is commemorated also at Celynen Collieries Workmen's Institute Newbridge; the original Newbridge War Memorial now at the National Museum Wales, St Fagans and on that memorial's replacement in the High Street, Newbridge.

Additional information taken from the Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929

His father Thomas received pay of £8 11s and 8d and a gratuity of £14.

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