Tollard Royal

Leonard Coombs

Surname: Coombs
Other names: Leonard
Other people in this story:
John Langhorn Coombs (senior)
Amelia Coombs
Louise Coombs née Taylor
John Langhorn Coombs
Reginald James Coombs
Locations in this story:
Tollard Royal, Wiltshire
Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Leonard Coombs was born in Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, on 15th August 1899, the son of John Langhorn and Amelia Coombs.  He lived most of his life, apart from Military Service, in Tollard Royal.  He did not enlist due to his age until 22nd May 1918 and joined the Hussars of the Line (Service No. H/69428).  He was with the 5th Reserve Cavalry Regiment.   On 1st September 1918 he transferred to the Tank Corps (Service No. 311925). Initially he was at the School of Gunnery but was sent to France on 28th October 1918 within days of the Armistice.  He was discharged on 19th February 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals.   He married Louise Taylor on 18th April 1917 in Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  There are no records of children of marriage.  By the 1939 Register he was living at 28 Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, working as a Corn, Dairy and Poultry Farmer as well as an ARP Warden.   He died on 10th October 1942 in Tollard Royal.

Two of Leonard's brothers also served in the war: John Langhorn (b.1894) who was awarded the Military Medal while serving with the Middlesex Regiment and Reginald James (b.1895) who served with the Royal Field Artillery.

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Reginald James Coombs
John Langhorn Coombs

Walter Stewart Genge

Surname: Genge
Other names: Walter Stewart
Other people in this story:
Walter Genge
Mary Genge née Antell
Elsie Genge née Sims
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Hawkesdene Lane, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Waverley Road, Bournemouth, Hampshire
France
Broadstone, Dorset

Story:
Walter Stewart Genge was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 1st September 1889, the son of Walter Genge and Mary Genge (née Antell).  He lived his early life with the family in Hawkesdene Lane, Cann, Shaftesbury.  He had had previous military service with the Dorset Yeomanry which was time expired.  He enlisted on 2nd September 1914 and joined the 9th Battalion of The Hussars Reserve Cavalry later joining the 3rd Battalion as a Private (Service No. 18335).   On the 28th February 1916 he was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry) and served with the 4th Squadron M.G. (Service No 41749).  He served in France and was eventually demobilized on 10th March 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals plus the 1914/15 Star.   He married Elsie Sims on 11th October 1926 at Broadstone, Dorset.  It is not known if there were any children of the marriage.  By the 1939 Register Walter and Elsie were living at 21 Waverley Road, Bournemouth, Hampshire and he was working for the Bournemouth Corporation in the Entertainments Department.    He died in Bournemouth in 1969.

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William Thomas Brown

Surname: Brown
Other names: William Thomas
Other people in this story:
Samuel Brown
Clara Brown née Moore
Cyril Brown
Constance Kate Brown née Gray
Obery Archibald Brown
Bertram George Brown
Harry Brown
Locations in this story:
Higher Blandford Road, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
India
France
Railway Terrace, Gillingham, Dorset
Wavering Terrace, Gillingham, Dorset

Story:
William Thomas Brown was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, on 7th March 1888 the son of Samuel Brown and Clara Brown (née Moore). William lived with his family in Higher Blandford Road, Cann, Shaftesbury, until enlisting in the 11th Hussars on 19th March 1906 (Service No. 5872). He was transferred shortly after to the 13th Hussars (Service No. 1177). He qualified as a Private (Shoeing Smith) and served in India. In March 1913 he was placed on Reserve during which time he became a Postman in the Shaftesbury area and married Constance Kate Gray in Gillingham, Dorset, on 10th December 1913. They went on to have four children. At the outbreak of war he was embodied on 5th August 1914 and re-joined his Regiment. On 17th June 1915 he was transferred to the 3rd Battalion of the Yorkshire & Lancashire Regiment (Service No. 3/20836) and posted to France. On the 16th September 1916 he was again transferred to the Northumberland Fusiliers (Service No. 1073) and again to the Durham Light Infantry on 12th December 1916 (Service No. 25835). He spent his final few months of service from 30th June 1917 until his discharge (due to being unfit for further duty) on 19th November 1917 in the 378th Home Service Company of the Labour Corps (Service No. 165859). He was awarded the Victory and British War medals along with the 1914/15 Star. On discharge he went to live at Railway Terrace, Gillingham, Dorset. By the 1939 Register William and family were living at 10 Wavering Terrace, Gillingham, Dorset. He died in Gillingham in 1961 and was buried there on 1st July 1961.

Two of William's brothers died in the war: Bertram George (b.1895) died on 4th April 1915 while a prisoner of war in Germany; Obery Archibald (b.1891) was killed in France on 19th March 1917 while serving with the East Kent Regiment. Two more brothers served in the war: Cyril (b.1894) in the Royal Navy and Harry (b.1885) with the Royal Army Service Corps.

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Cyril Brown
Harry Brown
Obery Archibald Brown
Bertram George Brown
Fontmell Magna Church

George Brockway

Surname: Brockway
Other names: George
Other people in this story:
James Brockway
Sarah Ann Guliford Brockway née Robins
Lisa Maude Brockway née Kitcall
Locations in this story:
Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Cheriton, Folkestone, Kent
Francis Road, Folkestone, Kent
Henstridge, Somerset
South Africa
India
France

Story:
George Brockway was born in Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1878 and baptised there on 8th August 1878, the son of James Brockway and Sarah Ann Guliford Brockway (née Robins). George enlisted with the 13th Hussars on 1st January 1896 (Service No. 3688). He served in South Africa and India and was awarded four campaign medals. On his return to the UK in 1911 he married Lisa Maude Kitcall on 21st August 1911 at All Saints Church, Cheriton, Kent. (His parents had moved to Henstridge in the meantime). There were two children of the marriage. He served in France from 19th November 1914 to 11th August 1915. On 12th August 1915 he was posted to the 12th Reserve Regiment of the Corps of Hussars as a Farrier Staff Sergeant (Service No. 46536). He was discharged on pension on 17th October 1919 but regrettably died on 17th November 1919 at 11 Francis Road, Folkestone, Kent and buried in the Town Cemetery. He was awarded the Victory, British War and 1914/15 Star Medals.

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