Coombe, Anthony Fleming (1915-1941)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Anthony Fleming Coombe (1915-1941), born 27 February 1915, son of Thomas Bernard Coombe and Mary Frances Coombe of La Rosiere, Grands Vaux, Jersey.
Married to Jocelyn Anne (Anna) Coombe of Nairobi, Kenya.
Attended Parkside School, Surrey.
Attended Sherborne School (Abbeylands) September 1928-July 1933; 6th form; Hockey team, 1933; 3rd XI 1932-1933); House Prefect; 1st Class Gym.; Class Leader with Badge; Corporal in OTC.
Royal Military Academy, Woolwich (prize cadetship, King's Medal, 1st XV); Royal Engineers.
Clare College, Cambridge.
WW2, Major, Royal Engineers, attached East African Engineers. Awarded an MBE. Killed in a car accident near Addis Ababa on 18 October 1941, aged 25.
Addis Ababa War Cemetery, Ethiopia, 2. C. 7. Inscription on his headstone: ‘MOST DEARLY LOVED HUSBAND OF ANNA “I THANK MY GOD UPON EVERY REMEMBRANCE OF YOU”’ www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2273052/coombe,-antho...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Abbeylands roll of honour.
Obituary in 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'Tony Coombe, who died on active service in East Africa, in 1941, was the second of three brothers, sons of Mr T.B. Coombe, who were all at Abbeylands. Tony was at School from 1928 to 1933. On leaving Sherborne he went to Woolwich where he earned distinction as a footballer, and was then commissioned in the Royal Engineers. He developed rather late and did not attain much athletic distinction at School, but afterwards became one of the best three-quarters among O.S.S.'
Letter from Thomas Bernard Coombe to R.S. Thompson, 7 February 1942:
‘My dear Thompson, Thank you very much for your very kind letter of sympathy in poor Tony’s death. It was to you & poor Elderton to whom I shall always be grateful for turning Tony into the grant lad he was. The news when it came was & still is a terrible shock. He had great prospects of a great career & he was so very happily married & it’s so sad for his young wife. His death under such sad & tragic circumstances was a loss of such a promising man. The car in which he was travelling in Abyssinia was over taking one of our convoys & owing to one lorry overtaking another it pulled out and knocked Tony’s car off the road & down a 20 ft drop. He was unconscious when they picked him up & only lived for half an hour, thank God without regaining his senses. Am desperately sorry for the driver who caused the accident, just another of those thoughtless actions which happen every day over here.’