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
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Montague Smith

Surname: Smith
Other names: Montague
Other people in this story:
Harry Smith
Mary Smith
Eva Annie Smith née Wooders
Harry Sidney Smith
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Streatham, Surrey
Drayton Park, Willesden, Middlesex
Brent, Middlesex
France & Flanders
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Mustons Lane, Shaftesbury
South Africa

Story:
Montague Smith was born on 6th July 1889 in Shaftesbury, Dorset, and baptised on 21st November 1889 at Holy Trinity Church, the son of Harry and Mary Smith.  He lived his early life at 7 Mustons Lane, Shaftesbury, one of eleven children in the family.   He enlisted on 15th July 1907 and joined the 9th Lancers of Cavalry of the Line (Service No. 246) and later the 21st Lancers and served in South Africa.  He was discharged to reserves on 14th July 1914 only to be almost immediately embodied on 15th August 1914 as a Shoeing Smith Corporal (Service No. 41347).  He transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry) and joined the 2nd Machine Gun Squadron of the Royal Tank Corps on 27th June 1916 and served in France.   He was discharged on 14 Jul 1919 having completed the terms of his engagement.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.  He had married Eva Annie Wooders at St. Anselem Church, Streatham, Surrey, on 9th August 1917.  One child is recorded.  The 1939 Register shows him living at 86a Drayton Park, Willesden, Middlesex, working as a Bus Conductor.  He died on 21st November 1966 in the Brent, Middlesex, Registry area.

Montague's brother Harry Sidney (b.1869) also had a career in the army, with the Somerset Light Infantry.

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Harry Sidney Smith