VX55 Charles John Allen Coombes, MC

Date of birth1908-01-13 Echuca VIC 
Date and unit at enlinstment (ORs)  1926   
Interwar Service 2  1928-10-09  lieutenant 60th battalion 
Date commissioned  1928-10-09   
Interwar Service 3  1930-07-01  57/60th battalion 
Interwar Service 4  1939-04-14  captain 
Career summary 1  1939-10-13  seconded as captain 2/8th battalion from 57/60th battalion 
Career summary 2  1939-10-24  enlisted 2AIF 
Career summary 3  1940-01-28  Command and Staff School (Sydney) company commander Cse 7 
Career summary 4  1940-05-15  arrived Middle East 
Career summary 7  1941-12-30  Military Cross 
Career summary 8  1942-01-25  Selected for duty in Australian placed on Permanent supernumerary list 
Career summary 9  1942-05-23  Returned to Australia (4MD) 
Career summary 11  1942-06-24  seconded 15th Infantry Training battalion 
Career summary 10  1942-06-24  Returns to 2/8th battalion 
Career summary 12  1942-08-10 - 1942-09-21  REGT Comd Sc 
Career summary 13  1943-10-05  seconded 4th Infantry Training battalion 
Career summary 14  1943-12-22  transferred 10/48th battalion 
Career summary 15  1944-08-30  NT Force School Senior Officers Driving and Maintenance Course 21 
Career summary 22  1945-01-19  lieutenant colonel 1 Nov 45 (bd 
Career summary 16  1945-01-19  temporary lieutenant colonel, commanding officer 47th battalion 
Appointment  1945-01-19 - 1945-04-06  Battalion: 47th; Rank on appointment: major; Appointed from: 10/45th battalion ; Reason for end of appointment: deemed medically unfit for duty: Med Class downgrade B1 
Career summary 17  1945-02-08  arrived Bougainville 
Career summary 18  1945-03-31  medical RECLASS by Fd Med Board A1 to B1 posting to Home Base Area 
Career summary 19  1945-04-06  relinquished command 47th battalion 
Career summary 20  1945-04-12  Returned to Australia (Sydney) 
Career summary 21  1945-05-28  commanding officer 2nd reinforcements Training battalion (JW) 
Career summary 23  1945-10-08  relinquished command 2nd reinforcements Training battalion (JW) 
Career summary 24  1945-11-23  Reserve of Officers 
Career summary 25  1946-11-13  ED 
Career summary 5  c 1941-04-01  arrived Greece 
Career summary 6  c 1941-06-13  arrived Middle East from Crete 
Citations 6    At all times, under intensive bombing and machine gunning from the air, this officer displayed the qualities of a real leader of men.' 
WW2 Service 1    Bardia-Benghazi 
Interwar Service 1    2 years OR 60th battalion  
Citations 5    His accurate appreciation of the situation at MOURNIES, when two platoons under his command in the village of PEGROS were in danger of being cut off by strong German H.M.G. detcahments which had worked around and behind the units left flank, and action taken by him, enabled these platoons to be extricated with very few casualties. 
Citations 2    Continuous fine service, as exemplified by act of gallantry and devotion to duty in the face of the enemy during period 20-31 May 1941 in CRETE. 
Citations 3    This officer who was in command of "B" Company in the campaign in CRETE showed conspicuous bravery, combined with a sound tactical appreciation of the situation in action at MOURNIES, SUDA BAY, ESTAKTZ, and SPHAKIA. 
WW2 Service 4    Bougainville 
Citations 4    His coolness under fire, combined with his constant personal reconnaissances at all times, enabled accurate information of pending enemy action to be obtained. Owing to the unusual organization of his unit in CRETE this officer has as many as five platoons under his command at various times. 
Date of death1983-06-30  

Cadet Service: senior Cdt 2 years; Occupation: Police Constable