Lieutenant Samuel Barbour 'Barrie' Combe
Lieutenant Samuel Barbour 'Barrie' Combe, of C Company North Irish Horse. Husband of Mary Theresa Combe of Donaghcloney, County Down, brother-in-law of Major Holt Waring. Combe was Master of the County Down Staghounds, "the meets of which appeared high on the social calendar of the well-to-do and, from all accounts, these hunt meetings were always well attended by the North Irish Horse officers." (Murland, Departed Warriors: The Story of a Family at War, p.126.) Combe embarked for France on 21 August 1914 as part of C Company North Irish Horse. While initially listed as missing in action (The Times, 7 October 1914), it was later learned that he had died of wounds sustained during the Battle of the Aisne on 30 September, aged 33. He was buried by the Germans in the vicinity of Condé Castle, France. His name is inscribed on Panel 1, Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. The inscription appears under the first arch to the left in the picture below.
Another image of Lieutenant Combe can be seen here.
Image of Le Touret Memorial Copyright © Phillip Tardif with all rights reserved as set out in this Use of Material policy. Images of Lieutenant Combe, his cap badge, memorial scroll, 1914 Star letter and Royal condolence letter from papers held by the website owner. Image of Le Touret Memorial inscription kindly provided by Steve Rogers, Project Co-ordinator of the The War Graves Photographic Project, www.twgpp.org. Clipping 1 from The Times 7 October 1914, Clipping 2 from The Times 12 December 1914. Clipping 3 kindly provided by Gerry Chester - original source uncertain.