|Forenames||ROBERT HERBERT 'Bertie'|
|Surname||McCOMBE (photo added)|
|Place of Birth||GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM|
|Date of Birth||Tuesday, 06 March 1923|
|Date of Death||Saturday, 19 August 1944|
|Residence or Entered Service From||Unknown|
|Service Number||6984191||Force||British Army|
|Service/Corps/Regiment||Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps|
|Unit / Ship / Battalion / Squadron||12 Parachute Battalion (6th Airborne Division)|
|Military Honours and Awards|
|Place of Burial/Commemoration||
Roll of honour
|Grave/Memorial Location||Row C. Grave 1.|
|Previous Place(s) of Burial||Unknown|
|Epitaph||"ROCK OF AGES, CLEFT FOR ME, LET ME HIDE MYSELF IN THEE"|
|Family Details||SON OF GEORGE AND EMILY V. Mc COMBE, OF WHITE ABBEY, COUNTY ANTRIM, NORTHERN IRELAND.|
Lance Corporal ROBERT HERBERT 'Bertie' McCOMBE was killed on the 19th August 1944 serving with 12 Parachute Battalion, the family received the announcement of his death on the 26th August 1944, the same day his younger sister Edith was celebrating her 13th Birthday.
The family later received a letter from his commanding officer, stating that he had been promoted in the battlefield to Lance Corporal. His father, a World War I veteran who had lost younger brother during that war, consoled his daughter Edith telling her that such a promotion in the battlefield was very special. Records of this promotion appear to have been overlooked when his original cross grave marker was changed to the headstone he has today, and Commonwealth War Graves Commission records presently records his rank as a private.
ROBERT HERBERT 'Bertie' McCOMBE served in the Royal Armoured Corps, before transferring to the Parachute Regiment. His eldest brother Regimental Sergeant Major W. G. McCombe also served in the Second World War with the Enniskillen Fusiliers.1
Born in Glasgow on 6th MarchIn 1923, Robert Herbert 'Bertie' McCombe moved, with his family, to Whiteabbey, County Antrim in Normandthern Ireland. Today in Ypres Park Memorial Garden, in Whiteabbey, there is a tree planted in his memory along with a memorial plaque. The Tree his planted in front of the house where he lived2
Ypres Park Memorial Garden.
Memorial Tree in Ypres Park Memorial Garden.
Memorial Plaque in Ypres Park Memorial Garden.
|1.||Additional informaiton kindly provided by Edith I. Gibson (nee McCombe), sister of Lance Corporal ROBERT HERBERT 'Bertie' McCOMBE.|
|2.||Additional Information provided by Michael Gibson, nephew of Lance Corporal ROBERT HERBERT 'Bertie' McCOMBE.|
Acknowledgements and Credits
|Source of original data:||Commonwealth War Graves Commission|
|Headstone photograph:||Carl Shilleto|
|Cross marker photograph:||Edith I. Gibson (nee McCombe), sister of Lance Corporal ROBERT HERBERT 'Bertie' McCOMBE.|
|Individual photograph:||Edith I. Gibson (nee McCombe), sister of PrivateLance Corporal ROBERT HERBERT 'Bertie' McCOMBE.|
|Additional photographs provided by:||Carl Shilleto and Michael Gibson, nephew of Lance Corporal ROBERT HERBERT 'Bertie' McCOMBE.|
|Additional information provided by:||Edith I. Gibson (nee McCombe), sister of Lance Corporal ROBERT HERBERT 'Bertie' McCOMBE & Michael Gibson, nephew of Lance Corporal ROBERT HERBERT 'Bertie' McCOMBE.|
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