Other names: John Langhorn
Locations in this story: Berwick St. John, WiltshireTollard Royal, WiltshireFrance & FlandersSalisbury, WiltshireBirmingham, Warwickshire
Story: John Langhorn Coombs (same names as his father) was born on 12 May 1894 at Berwick St. John, Wiltshire the son of John Langhorn Coombs and Amelia Coombs (nee Clarke). He spent all his civilian life in and around Berwick St. John and Tollard Royal, Wiltshire. He enlisted on 4 Feb 1915 and joined the Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex) Regiment rising to the rank of Lance Corporal (Service No. 1558). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Military Medal in accordance with the Special Army Order dated 14 Aug 1917 for which he also received the King's Certificate No. 10642 dated 7 Sep 1917. He was discharged on 11 Jan 1919 and further awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star. His brother, Reginald James Coombs, had also served and been wounded in the conflict and died in 1926. John went on to marry his brother's widow, Annie Amelia Hart (Coombs), in Birmingham, Warwickshire, in 1928 and they had two children. By the 1939 Register John was living at Tollard Farm, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, and described as a Dairy and Corn Farmer as well as a Special Constable. His death is recorded at the Salisbury, Wiltshire, District Registry in 1967.