Private Thomas George Coombs

Unit/Regiment South Wales Borderers
Battalion 6th Service Number 17288
Theatre of War first served in (1) France Date of entry therein 24/09/1915
Age at Death 21 Date of Death 11/08/1917
Burial/Memorial Reference The Huts Cemetery Plot II Row C Grave 8
CWGC Family Details Son of Thomas and Susan Coombs, of 8, Bryn Howard Terrace, Oakdale, Blackwood, Mon. Native of Crumlin, Newport, Mon.
Family & Census Details Thomas George Coombs was born in Crumlin, Mon. in 1896 to Thomas and Susan Ellen (nee Bradford) Coombs.

The 1901 Census records the family as Thomas, Susan Ellen and their five children: Lillian Mary (7), William John (6), Thomas George (4), Christopher Robert (3) and 3 month old Reginald Alfred. At the time of the census they also had a visitor, Bertha Bradford, who was the younger sister of Susan Ellen. The family home was Pentwyn Cottage in Newbridge which only had three rooms and so must have been quite a squeeze for eight occupants. In common with most of the residents of the area, Thomas George’s father was working as a Coal Miner Hewer.

The 1911 Census sees young Thomas George Coombs as a fourteen year old Coal Miner Hewer who is still living at the family home which is now Ty Nancy(?) cottage, Old Cwmdows, Newbridge. Thomas and Susan Ellen have added three more children to their family since 1901, they now have Elsie Berthina (7), Irenie (2) and Aiden (5 months) in addition to Lillian Mary (17), William John (16), Thomas George (14), Christopher Robert (13) and Reginald Alfred (10). By 1911 Thomas (senior) has left the colliery and has set himself up as a greengrocer but his three eldest sons William, Thomas and Christopher are all working underground as coal miners.
SDGW – Where Born 1917
Enlisted Newport, Mon Resided Newbridge, Mon
How Died Killed in Action Theatre of War Western European Theatre
Medal Entitlement 1914-15 Star

British War Medal

Victory Medal
Notes Commemorated on the Celynen Collieries Roll of Honour
Images 6th Battalion South Wales Borderers - ex Abercarn Tin Workers
CWGC Memorial - The Huts Cemetery
Death Plaque - Courtesy of Robert Jenkins
Newbridge War Memorial - Civic commemoration
Oakdale War Memorial - Civic commemoration
Celynen Collieries - Workplace commemoration
Medal Roll - 1914-15 Star Roll
Medal Roll - British War and Victory Medals Roll
Medal Card - WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
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