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Trooper Henry Comben

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Henry Stokes Comben

Ancestor's date of birth: 22/06/1874

Ancestor's date of death: 16/11/1964

Cause of Death: Old Age

Service and Life Before the Boer War: worked at at Quinburra Bombala branch Co-Op Dairy.

Service Number: 1065 and 270

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Sydney

Unit: NSW Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 1902

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post Boer War service.

Murray Page: 94

Contingent: Fourth New South Wales and First Australian

Ship: Armenian, Date of Sailing: 23/01/1900

Ship: Custodian, Date of Sailing: 16/02/1902

Other Boer War Service: 1st Australian Commonwealth Horse.

Memorial details: Bega Buried at Bermagui.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queens medal with 5 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided.

Details of service in war: May 1900 - May 1901 with the NSWIB in Rhodesia and west Transvaal including capture of de la Rey's convoy and guns at Wildfontein (24 March 1901). March - May 1902 with the 1ACH on Natal border and west Transvaal

Service and life after the Boer War: Farmer and worked on main roads. Died in Bega Buried at Bermagui.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Shirley Barrette, Warilla NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Granddaughter

Name of Descendant: Layne Willebrands, Helensburgh NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Great Granddaughter

Name of Descendant: Anthony Willebrands, Helensburgh NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Grandson

Name of Descendant: Bowen Willebrands, Helensburgh NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Great Grandson


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