As a young man, my Great-grandfather, George Coombs was a soldier in the 1st Batallion of the Dorsetshire Regiment and served during the Tyrah Campaign. This brief account of that action is taken from, Our Soldiers, Gallant Deeds of the British Army during Victoria’s Reign by W.H.G. Kingston.
February 11, 2008 at 4:00 am (Genealogy, Location)
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Thomas Pride was born on March 29, 1835 at Wool, Dorset, England. He was the son of agricultural labourer, Robert Pride and his wife Ann King. Thomas spent his childhood around Wool where he is recorded in 1841 at Bovington and in 1851 at Bindon Lane. Whilst his father was from Dorset it should be noted his mother, although a British Subject, was born in America.
Whitehall, July 31, 1848.
The Right Honourable Sir Thomas Wilde, Knt. Lord Chief Justice of Her Majesty’s Court of Common Pleas at Westminster, has appointed Thomas Coombs the younger, of Dorchester, in the county of Dorset, Gent. to be one of the Perpetual Commissioners for taking the acknowledgments of deeds to be executed by married women, under the Act passed for the abolition of fines and recoveries and for the substitution of more simple modes of assurance, in and for the county of Dorset.
The Dorsetshire poet, was born on the 22nd of February 1800, at Rushay, near Pentridge in Dorset, the son of John Barnes and Grace Scott, of the farmer class. He was a delicate child, in direct contrast to a strong race of forebears, and inherited from his mother a refined, retiring disposition and a love for books.
Grace Coombs was baptised on April 17, 1750 at Cerne Abbas, Dorset, England the daughter of Robert Coombs and Martha Nutt. On May 25, 1772 at Cerne Abbas, Grace married John Strange. The couple had 7 known children. At the time Grace wrote her will on June 7,1811 she was a widow. The following is a transcript of that will, plus a codicil proved at London on October 15, 1811.
Bessie Sicilia Coombes was born in Pontypridd, South Wales, on May 15th 1910, the eldest daughter of George Coombs and Florrie House from Maiden Newton, Dorset, who had moved to South Wales to find work in the mines. George Coombes was an ex-soldier of the Dorsetshire regiment who had served in the Tirah Campaign and Bessies unusual second name came from the troopship on which he returned to England.
Henry, or as he was better known Lew, was born on 3rd March 1910 at West Compton, Dorset, England the second youngest of eight children of farm labourer Frederick William Tompkins and his wife Annie Linda Eyers. He was christened at West Compton and early schooling was at nearby Wynford Eagle.