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WW1. A 1918 D.C.M. pair awarded to Corporal T. Coombs, Royal Field Artillery


Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R. (125833 Cpl. T. Coombs. R.F.A.); British War Medal 1914-20 (125833 Cpl. T. Coombs. R.A.), nearly extremely fine (2)

D.C.M. London Gazette 3 October 1918:

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During a heavy bombardment a direct hit set fire to an ammunition recess. He at once went to the recess and commenced throwing out the unignited ammunition, and continued to do this, although he was twice thrown out by exploding bombs, the second time being also wounded in the head. He was eventually dragged away just before the remaining ammunition exploded. His particularly gallant action undoubtedly saved the fire from spreading to an adjacent ammunition recess.'

Thomas Coombs was born in 1890 in Glasgow but was living at Gorakhpur, India upon his enlistment in February 1916. He served in France with 35 Trench Mortar Battery and suffered a gunshot wound to the forehead on 31 May 1918, before the action at Bullecourt for which he earned  the D.C.M.; sold together with copied service record. (34 pages)

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