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Charles Thomas COMBEN

Regimental number402
Place of birthYarraville, Victoria
SchoolBeaconsfield State School, Western Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressNorth Mole, North Fremantle, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26
Weight139 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Clara Comben, c/o G. Saint, Nth Mole, North Fremantle, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 January 1916
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name44th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/61/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 6 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll44th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 July 1918
Place of death or woundingHamel, France
Age at death29
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialVillers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row F, Grave No. 9), Fouilloy, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
137
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Bartholomew and Ellen Jane COMBEN; Wife: Clara Susan COMBEN, Harbour Trust, Fremantle, Western Australia
Other details

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
SourcesNAA: B2455, COMBEN Charles Thomas

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