Thomas Edward COUMBE

Thomas Edward COUMBE

Male 1920 - 1944  (24 years)  Submit Photo / DocumentSubmit Photo / Document    Has 14 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Thomas Edward COUMBE 
    Relationshipwith Rodney VOJVODICH
    Birth Record 1920  Murchison, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    #74 
    Born 2 Oct 1920  Meekatharra, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Darlot Street
    Gender Male 
    Residence Abt 1941  Gingin, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Jones Street 
    Occupation Bef Sep 1941 
    Truck Driver 
    Military Service Between 29 Sep 1941 and 30 Dec 1944 
    #WX16743 - Sergeant - A.I.F. "Z" Special Unit, Australian Infantry 
    Buried 1944  Malaysia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Labuan War Cemetery - 19.A.4
    Died 30 Dec 1944 
    Newspaper Article 14 Mar 1947  [1
    Newspaper Article 6 Nov 1949  [2
    Picture Have 
    AKA Billy; William Brandis 
    Person ID I39156  MyBradyTree
    Last Modified 20 Aug 2019 

    Father Ancestors Michael Edwin WOOSNAM,   b. 5 Dec 1876, Daylesford, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1935, Northam, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Mother Ancestors Bertha Amelia COUMBE,   b. 17 Oct 1902, Day Dawn, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jun 1990, Geraldton, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married NEVER MARRIED 
    Children
    1. Thomas Edward COUMBE,   b. 2 Oct 1920, Meekatharra, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1944
     
    Notes 
    • Michael Edwin Woosnam only had one child. He was married to Mary Ann Borley (the local midwife..no children to this marriage)...they fostered Bertha and her brother...
      Michael then had an illegitimate son with his foster daughter Bertha when she was 18. That son was Thomas Edward Coombe born 1920 (so named at birth.. see birth certificate) This child later took the name of "William Brandis" possibly because his biological mother...Bertha (nee Coombe) married Glen Brandis.
    Family ID F12773  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBirth Record - #74 - 1920 - Murchison, Western Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 2 Oct 1920 - Meekatharra, Western Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Jones Street - Abt 1941 - Gingin, Western Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1944 - Malaysia Link to Google Earth
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  • Videos
    In Their Footsteps - Episode 5 - Brandis
    In Their Footsteps - Episode 5 - Brandis
    Today, some Australians take Special Forces (SAS) for granted, an indispensable arm of our Defence Forces. But it wasn't always so. With the outbreak of World War II, as Australia confronted an expansionist Japan, there were no commandos, no SAS.

    So, when Billy Brandis enlisted in 1941, he had no idea, after serving with distinction as a signaller, he would be handpicked to join a covert new unit. It would be commonly known as Z Special Unit and in January 1944 Sergeant Brandis is deployed to British North Borneo.

    Poorly trained or prepared for the operation, Billy is separated from his unit and is lost in the dense and unforgiving jungle. What follows is an extraordinary story of endurance and courage and now, nearly seven decades later, Billy's niece is following in his footsteps to discover the truth.

    Photos
    COOMBE-ThomasE1920-PT001
    COOMBE-ThomasE1920-PT001
    Thomas Edward Coombe AKA William Brandis

  • Notes 
    • It is evident that William remained close to his Woosnam relatives and visited them on many occasions although he spent some of his early years in a boys home and fostered out. Memories of him include the fact that he had a wonderful singing voice.

      On the 29th July 1943 he attended the Marconi School of Wireless in Sydney where he passed with distinction on the 15th September 1943. He was transferred to "Z" Force special section on the 21st November 1943, promoted to Sergeant and attended for overseas duty.

      William's Uncle, Francis Joseph Woosnam wrote three letters 1966-1968 to the Army requesting information regarding William's will and with reference to his nephew's change of name. It is now clear that these letters were written in an effort to settle the estate left by his biological father Edward Woosnam who died in 1935.

      Location: Labuan is a small island in Brunei Bay, off the coast of north-west Borneo. The island is best reached by air from Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, from where there are daily flights. There are also flights from Singapore and Manilla. The cemetery lies on the right side of the Jalan Tanjong Batu road, which leads from the airport to the town. The Cemetery is close to the airport, within a short taxi ride, and about 3 kilometres from the Island's town, Victoria, Within the Cemetery will be found the Labuan Memorial and the Labuan Cremation Memorial.

      A book about the Z Force and the circusmstances of William's death? It is called Sandarkan. by Don Wall .

      Sandakan - the Last March. [5th Edition]
      ISBN No. 0 646 32907 3
      AU $35.00
      In 1942-43, 1800 Australians and 750 British POWs were transported to Sandakan in British North Borneo to construct an airfield. By the end of 1944 900 of these men had already died of ill treatment, starvation and disease. With Allied forces increasingly within striking distance of Sandakan the Japanese High Command ordered that the prisoners be marched 265 kilometres through the mountainous jungle to Ranau, at the foot of Mt. Kinabalu. Regarded as the most definitive account of the Sandakan tragedy, the book describes and names those Australian Prisoners of War who perished at the hands of the Japanese in Borneo 1942-1945. Only six survived and the book warns of the false information provided by the Japanese of the circumstances of deaths.

      http://www.donwall.com.au/sandakan.html

  • Reference  Darryl Brady. (2019, August 25). Thomas Edward COUMBE. Brady Family Tree in Western Australia. Retrieved from https://www.bradyfamilytree.org/genealogy/getperson.php?personID=I39156&tree=BRADY2008

  • Sources 
    1. [S954] Trove. Advertising. (1947, March 14). The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), p. 3 Edition: SECOND EDITION.. Retrieved July 4, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article46269592.

    2. [S954] Trove. They Lived Dangerously Garden Is. Memorial To Hush-Hush Heroes. (1949, November 6). Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 - 1954), p. 4 Section: Sporting Section. Retrieved July 5, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59498030.


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