WW1 - Surnames starting with the letter C. 

William Worthington Coombs MM

Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:20th Bn
Name of Rgt or Ship:Manchester Rgt (5th Mcr Pals)
How Died:Killed in Action
Country of burial:FranceGrave Photo:Yes
Cemetery or Memorial:Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz
Town Memorial:Altrincham
Extra Information:
His father married Elizabeth Worthington in 1892.

Birth registered during the September quarter 1893 in the Altrincham R.D. -
ref: 8a/169, the only son of Thomas & Elizabeth Coombs (nee Worthington).
Elizabeth died on the 6th June 1893 - presumably in childbirth with

1901 Census - 37 George Street, Altrincham.  Grandson - aged: 7 - born:
Altrincham.  Elizabeth Coombs (his grandmother) - Widow - aged: 60 - born:
High Legh.   Also - Thomas Coombs (his father) - Married (Widower actually)
- aged: 38 - occ: Butcher - born: Altrincham.  Plus Elizabeth Coombes (his
aunt) - Unmarried - aged: 34 - occ: Butcher's Assistant - born:

1911 Census - 37 George Street, Altrincham.    Son - aged: 17 - occ: Iron
Merchant Clerk - born: Altrincham.    Head of household - Thomas Coombs -
Married - aged: 48 - occ: Butcher Shopkeeper - born: Altrincham.    Also -
Elizabeth Coombs (his grandmother) - Mother - Widow - aged: 70 - born: High
Legh.  Plus Elizabeth Coombs (his aunt) - Unmarried - aged: 42 - occ:
Bookeeper in the Business - born: Altrincham.

In 1912, his father married Jeanie Ghelieieaiend

Grandson of William Worthington of Birtles Farm, Mobberley.

Attended Seamons Moss School, Dunham Massey.  Employed by Mr. Alfred
Simpson, Iron & Steel Merchants, Whitworth St, Manchester.  Teacher at the
Downs Congregational Church Sunday School.  Member of the Altrincham
Wesleyan Cricket Club.

Death reported in the 11/07/1916 edition of the Altrincham Guardian.
Gazetted - London Gazette 19th February 1917 - page 1759.

Reported in the 24/08/1917 edition of the Altrincham Guardian that his
father had received William's Military Medal on Wednesday 22nd August

Commemorated on the private family gravestone in St. Mary's, Bowdon. Grave
No. 4129.  M.I. - "A loved one sleeping".

No M.I. on his actual headstone in France.

His father, Thomas died 31/03/1924 aged 61 and his mother, Elizabeth died
06/06/1893 aged 27 years.

One of the sad tregedies of war - the 21/12/1917 edtition of the local
newspaper reported that his father was facing the court because after the
loss of his only son, he had tried to take his own life by cutting his

Listed in the Guardian Year Book - Roll of Honour for 1917.

Memorials found on:
St. Margaret's (Dunham Massey)
Seamon's Moss Endowed School (Oldfield Brow)Altrincham & District Roll of Honour
Bowdon Downs Congregational
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