59364, Private, Edward Alfred COOMBES
Aged 30

26th Battalion, (Tyneside Irish) Northumberland Fusiliers
Enlisted as No.SE/3651, Army Veterinary Corps)
Killed in Action on Saturday 24th November 1917

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 [5] was at 27 St Albans Road, Kensington, London with his father Charles [40], a tinplate worker born Lambeth; his stepmother Caroline [24], born Plumstead; brother Charles [10] born Eltham and sister Sissy[7] born Dulwich.

1901 census...Edward [15] (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 [9] and Caroline [8]born Kensington, and Arthur [6]; twins Ada and Alice [5] and Bert [3]. all born in New Cross.
He married Elizabeth WISEMAN, in Newmarket in 1909

1911 census...Edward [25] was a stableman, living with his wife Elizabeth [23] 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

Edward is buried in St Martin Calvaire British Cemetery, St Martin sur Cojeul, France- Ref:I.D.20

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