Comboye, James William: Service no. 880476


Digitized Service Record

Source: Duty Nobly Done Roll of Honour


Source: CVWM
Source: CVWM
Source: CVWM
“Killed in Action”

Summary of Service for Private James William Comboye, reg. no. 880476

January 27, 1898BornBorn at Chatham, Ontario, Canada.
March 13, 1916EnlistsEnlists at Chatham, Ontario with the 186th Overseas Battalion. His next of kin is listed as his mother, Elizabeth Comboye. He is living at Blenheim, Ontario and lists his trade as a farmer. He is one-month past his 18th birthday and stands 5’6” and weights 125 pounds.
April 3, 1916Vaccinated 
July 4, 1916Anti-Typhoid Inoculations 
July 13, 1916Anti-Typhoid Inoculations 
July 26, 1916Anti-Typhoid Inoculations 
February 27, 1917Writes WillDesignates his mother, Elizabeth Comboye, as his beneficiary.
March 25, 1917Embarks EnglandEmbarks at Halifax, Nova Scotia aboard the S.S. Lapland.
April 1, 1917Assigns PayAssigns $15.00 per month to his mother.
April 7, 1917Debarks EnglandLands at Liverpool and transports to Bramshott Camp.
April 7, 1917TransferredTransferred to the 4th Reserve Battalion.
June 16, 1917TransferredStuck of Strength 4th Reserve Battalion and transferred to the 18th Battalion.
June 17, 1917Arrives FranceArrives at No. 2 Canadian Infantry Base Depot, Etaples, France.
July 8, 1917Arrives at the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion. 
July 31, 1917Arrives 18th BattalionAfter a short assignment to the 2nd Cdn. Entrenching Battalion, arrives at the 18th Battalion. The Battalion was carrying out general training at Bouvigny that day.
January 24, 1918Granted 14 Days Leave 
April 2, 1918Killed in ActionThe War Diary relates that 3 other ranks where killed and 30 wounded due to “erratic shelling”. He is buried at the Bellacourt Military Cemetery along with eleven other members of the 18th Battalion.

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