King John Hotel, Tollard Royal

Reginald James Coombs

Surname: Coombs
Other names: Reginald James
Other people in this story:
John Langhorn Coombs (Senior)
Amelia Coombs née Clarke
Annie Amelia Coombs née Hart
John Langhorn Coombs
Leonard Coombs
Locations in this story:
Berwick St. John, Wiltshire
Tollard Royal, Wiltshire
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Salonika, Greece

Reginald James Coombs was born at Berwick St. John, Wiltshire, in 1895, the son of John Langhorn Coombs and Amelia Coombs (née Clarke).  He lived much of his life, apart from Military Service, in the Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, area.   He had enlisted on 7th December 1915 and was mobilized on 29th February 1916, joining the Royal Field Artillery as a Driver.  He served in Salonika from 11 Nov 1916 and suffered from malaria which eventually qualified him for a pension following his discharge on 25th June 1919.  (During his service he had moved from Battery to Battery and received Service Nos. 1025, 132620 and 169422).  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.

It is to be noted that his elder brother, John Langhorn Coombs (b.1894), served with the Middlesex Regiment and was awarded the Military Medal. Another brother, Leonard (b.1899) also served in the war, with The Hussars and the Tank Corps. By the time of the 1921 Census, Reginald had returned to Tollard Farm, Tollard Royal, and was assisting his father as a Horseman on the farm. He married Annie Amelia Hart on 15 Oct 1921 at Tollard Royal, Wiltshire.  There were no recorded children of the marriage.  Reginald death was recorded at the Salisbury, Wiltshire, District Registry in 1926. His wife remained at the Farm housekeeping for her father-in-law. She died in 1983.


Links to related web content / sources:
Leonard Coombs
John Langhorn Coombs
The National Archives