59364, Private, Edward Alfred COOMBES
26th Battalion, (Tyneside Irish) Northumberland Fusiliers
Edward Alfred COOMBES was born in Dulwich, London in Q2-1886,[Camberwell 1d:808] to Charles and Anne COOMBES (née YOUNG).|
His mother died in 1887 and father re married to Caroline GUYMER in Greenwich in Q3-1890.
1891 census...Edward  was at 27 St Albans Road, Kensington, London with his father Charles , a tinplate worker born Lambeth; his stepmother Caroline , born Plumstead; brother Charles  born Eltham and sister Sissy born Dulwich.
1901 census...Edward  (now recorded place of birth is switched with that of brother Charles), was at 10 Dennetts Grove, Deptford with parents' sister Sissy no longer with them. New siblings are Alfred  and Caroline born Kensington, and Arthur ; twins Ada and Alice  and Bert . all born in New Cross.
He married Elizabeth WISEMAN, in Newmarket in 1909
1911 census...Edward  was a stableman, living with his wife Elizabeth  born Newmarket, living at Fitzroy End, Grosvenor Yard, Newmarket with their children, Cissie [18 months] and Charley [3 months], both children Newmarket born.
He enlisted in Newmarket. The 26th Northumberland Fusiliers were otherwise known as the 3rd Tyneside Irish. Taking into account the date and the cemetery it
seems likely that he was killed at the time of the Battle of Cambrai. On 20th November 1917 the British launched an attack towards Cambria, the most heavily defended
part of the Hindenburg Line. After initial success the assault came to a halt and the subsequent German counter attack regained most of ground at the loss of
over 45,000 casualites to both sides. The 26th however seem to have been in reserve since they only had 10 men killed over the course of 6 days.
photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
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