L-Corp.Joe Toombs VC

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L-Corp.Joe Toombs VC

#1 Post by dukestreet » Sun Jun 03, 2007 12:24 pm

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This report from The Newry Reporter July 27th. 1915 is an account of a Warrenpoint man cited for bravery by rescuing his comrade during World War 1.

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#2 Post by StLouisGuy » Mon Jun 04, 2007 5:33 am

Thanks Hugh for posting this item. I did a little digging around and found that he apparently settled in Canada where he died in 1966.

Name Joseph Harcourt TOMBS
Rank Corporal
Force 1st Bn, King's ( Liverpool ) Regiment
VC won Rue du Bois, France, 16 June 1915
London Gaz 24 July 1915
Born Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 23 March 1888
Died 28 June 1966, Toronto
Grave Pine Hill Cemetery, Toronto
Location
of VC The King's Regiment RHQ, Bury

http://www.victoriacross.org.uk/aatt.htm

The name has a different spelling and he is shown as having been born in Australia. His father may have been serving there.
This might explain why he is not shown in those listings of VC holders from Ireland.

Other local Toombs also served in the Great War. Here are a few who died serving.

Private R TOOMBS

22479, 164th Coy., Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
who died age 20
on 10 September 1916
Son of Mrs. S. J. Toombs, of 13, Thomas St., Warrenpoint, Co. Down.
Remembered with honour
BERNAFAY WOOD BRITISH CEMETERY, MONTAUBAN

Private GEORGE TOOMBS

14540, 9th Bn., Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
who died
on 01 July 1916
Remembered with honour
THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

It doesn't indicate George's parents or location but this is same regiment and battalion as Joshua Toombs was in.

Private JOHN HENRY TOOMBS

23846, 20th Bn., The King's (Liverpool Regiment)
who died age 29
on 08 July 1916
Son of Robert and Annie Toombs, of Omeath, Co. Louth.
Remembered with honour
ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY

Hope this info might be of help to someone.

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Re: L-Corp.Joe Toombs VC

#3 Post by townclerk » Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:14 pm

The official account of the achievements for which Lance-Corporal Joseph Toombs, 1st Battalion King's Liverpool Regiment, was awarded the Victoria Cross is as follows:—

"For most conspicuous gallantry near Rue du Bois on June 16th, 1915. On his own initiative he crawled out repeatedly under a very heavy shell and machine gun fire to bring in wounded men who were lying about one hundred yards in front of our trenches. He rescued four men, one of whom he dragged back by means of a rifle sling placed round his own neck and the man's body. This man was so severely wounded that unless he had been immediately attended to he must have died."

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