George Alfred COOMBES

Birthplace
Mt Gambier SA
Resided
Toowoomba
Occupation
Hospital Wardsman
Enlisted
16-September-1915
Place
Toowoomba
Age
23
Status
Single
Service No
1755
Rank
Private
Unit
2nd Australian General Hospital, Special Reinforcements
Embarked
16-November-1915
Place
Brisbane
Active Service
Egypt
Highest rank
N/A
Honours and Awards
No
Fate
How Died
Pneumonia
Date
25-May-1920
Place
Toowoomba
Cemetery or Memorial
Toowoomba General Cemetery
Notes

Also named on Toowoomba Mothers’ Memorial.

 

George Coombes was diagnosed with pneumonia in January 1916 soon after arriving in Egypt and hospitalised at Heliopolis. He was discharged to his unit in February but was re-admitted in March with tuberculosis in both lungs. He was invalided to Australia in April. He died in Toowoomba on 25 May 1920 and was buried at Toowoomba Cemetery. Newspaper reports stated his death resulted from war injuries, “While serving in France he had been gassed” but he had never left Egypt or been gassed.