Other names: Frank Ralph
Locations in this story: Fovant, WiltshireDonhead St. Andrew, WiltshirePenton Mewsey, Andover, HampshireGallipoli, TurkeyBalkans
Story: Frank Ralph Coombs was born in Fovant, Wiltshire, during 1889 and baptised there on 7 Jul 1889 the son of Frank Coombs and Sarah Ann Coombs (nee Aldridge). He lived his early life in Fovant and later in Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire. By 1911 he had moved to Penton Mewsey, Andover, Hampshire. He had enlisted with the Hampshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 10739). He was posted to the Balkans area on 5 Aug 1915 and served immediately with the 10th Battalion at Gallipoli, Turkey, where he was presumed dead on 21 Aug 1915. His is remembered on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey, (Panels 126-135 or 223-226, 228-229 and 328). His brother, Edwin Coombs, also served and survived the conflict.