Other names: Frederick Thomas
Locations in this story: Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, DorsetBedchester, Shaftesbury, DorsetPlymouth, DevonEast Stonehouse, Plymouth, Devon
Story: Frederick Thomas Coombs was born in Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 25 Oct 1885 and baptised there on 22 Nov 1885 the son of William Stephen Coombs and Susannah Coombs (nee Still). He spent his early life in Fontmell Magna until by 1901 he had moved to Hampton Gate, Bedchester, Shaftesbury, Dorset, where he was working as a Thatcher's Labourer. He enlisted with the Royal Marines Light Infantry on 9 Apr 1902 as a Private (Service No. 11531). He married Maud Penaluna at the Wesleyan Chapel, Edgecombe Street, East Stonehouse, Plymouth, Devon, on 8 May 1905. It is not known in which theatres of war he served but qualified for the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 139 Beacon Park Road, Plymouth, Devon, working as a Flour Mill Storeman. He died in Plymouth in 1973. His brother, Henry George Coombs, also served in the conflict.