COMBE, Robert
(Service number 58650)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 19 August 1874 Place of Birth Scotland

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Morven, NZ
Occupation Farm labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Miss Jane COMBE (sister), Musselburgh, Scotland; later Mr Robert COMBE 9nephew), Chertsey, Ashburton Mrs A. COMBE (wife), 12 Lorne Street, Leith, North Britain
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 29th Reinforcements, H Company
Date 13 October 1917
Transport Corinthic
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 18 December 1938 Age 60 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Bromley Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Block 12, Plot 196
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Robert Combe was the son of Robert and Elizabeth (née Blair) Combe. He was at home in Scotland with his family in 1881 and 1891. He married first in 1903 to Anne Young Pearson, who died in 1914 in Scotland. Robert had been in New Zealand for 2 years when he attested in 1917, having arrived in New Zealand with his nephew (also Robert Combe) from Edinburgh. His second marriage was to Agnes Gilchrist Somerville in 1919, presumably before he returned to New Zealand. Robert Combe was drawn in the seventh ballot in 1917, when working at Morven.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [05 May 2019]; Waimate Daily Advertiser, 9 May 1917 (Papers Past) [29 April 2018]; Bromley Cemetery headstone transcription [13 May 2019]; SCRoll web submission from L Owen, 19 July 2022

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