Coleshill Remembers World War 1
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Entry for Corporal Cyril Coombs
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Commemorated on the Coleshill Grammar School Memorial, Cyril Henry Coombs was born in 1886 in Saltley, Birmingham, to parents Samuel William (a School Master) and Harriet Coombs. Cyril attended the Coleshill Grammar School, and in 1911 was working as an auctioneer in Worcester. He enlisted in the Worcester Yeomanry (The Queen’s Own Worcestershire Hussars) at Worcester, service number 2209. Private Coombs first served in Egypt on 24th April 1915, and was later made Corporal. He was killed in action on 23rd April 1916 in Egypt, and is remembered on the Jerusalem Memorial, Israel & Palestine. Corporal Coombs was awarded the 1915 Star, Victory and British medals.
Coleshill Chronicle 6th May 1916 MIDLAND YEOMAN MISSING Official notice has been received that Corporal Cyril H Coombs, of a Midland Yeomanry Regiment, has been missing since Easter Sunday. The only surviving son of Mr S W Coombs JP, Vice-Principal of Saltley Training College, he rejoined the Yeomanry on declaration of war in August 1914, and served in Gallipoli and Egypt. He was educated at Coleshill Grammar School, and upon leaving entered Lloyds Bank, Colmore Road, Birmingham. For some years he has been an auctioneer at Worcester.