|Place of birth||Yarraville, Victoria|
|School||Beaconsfield State School, Western Australia|
|Address||North Mole, North Fremantle, Western Australia|
|Age at embarkation||26|
|Next of kin||Wife, Mrs Clara Comben, c/o G. Saint, Nth Mole, North Fremantle, Western Australia|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Perth, Western Australia|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||44th Battalion, B Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/61/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||44th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Hamel, France|
|Age at death||29|
|Age at death from cemetery records||29|
|Place of burial||Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row F, Grave No. 9), Fouilloy, France|
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: Bartholomew and Ellen Jane COMBEN; Wife: Clara Susan COMBEN, Harbour Trust, Fremantle, Western Australia|
War service: Western Front
Embarked Fremantle, 6 July 1916.
Found guilty, 25 June 1916, of (1) breaking ship; (2) being absent without leave from 25 June 1916, until reporting, 0200 hours, 26 June 1916: award, permanent fatigue and stoppage of leave until disembarkation.
Admitted to Ship's Hospital, 5 July 1916; discharged, 7 July 1916.
Disembarked Plymouth, England, 21 July 1916.
Found guilty, Bristol, 22 November 1916, of being absent without leave from midnight, 13 November 1916, until 1700 hours, 14 November 1916: awarded 1 day's Field Punishment No 2, and total forfeiture of 2 days' pay.
Proceeded overseas to France, 25 November 1916.
Taken on strength of 44th Bn, in the field, no date stated.
Admitted to No 10 Australian Field Ambulance, 3 February 1917 (scabies); transferred to Divisional Rest Station, 3 February 1917; North Casualty Clearing Station, 4 February 1917; to No 4 Stationary Hospital, Arques, 6 February 1917; discharged, 14 February 1917; rejoined 44th Bn, 17 February 1917.
Wounded in action, 26 April 1917; admitted to No 10 Australian Field Ambulance, 26 April 1917 (shrapnel wounds, right leg and left shoulder); to No 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 26 April 1917; to No 6 Ambulance Train, 27 April 1917; to No 13 General Hospital, Boulogne, 27 April 1917; to England, 2 May 1917; to Colchester Military Hospital, 2 May 1917; to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 23 May 1917; discharged, 28 May 1917, and marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, the same day.
Marched into No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 8 August 1917.
Marched into Overseas Training Bn, Perham Downs, 5 September 1917.
Proceeded overseas to France, 19 September 1917; marched into 3rd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Rouelles, 20 September 1917.
Proceeded to unit, 28 September 1917; rejoined 44th Bn, 9 October 1917.
Killed in action, 4 July 1918.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, COMBEN Charles Thomas|