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Charles Sydney Coombes

Unknown photographer (1917) What do you think of our happy family?. Group portrait of patients, nurses and orderlies on a ward. Three male patients are posed in two hospital beds, each bed has additional male patients sitting either side. Standing behind are two nurses and four male staff. Inscription on verso reads: "What do you think of our happy family? Room 12, Ward 2, Oatlands Park, Feb. 18th, 1917. Back Row - Mick Galoion, M.G.C; Lake Falconer, Ruskins boy, Charlie Coombes, 16th Waikato; Sister Miller; Burgess; Nurse Wilson. Front Row - Cpt. R. Colhoun, Tunnellers; H. Yates, 3rd Akd; Reeves Currie, 3rd 7. Arb(?); Sgt. Paddy Connell, Wgtn West Coast Ed Stern, Dio ...llers (?)." [sic]. Auckland War Memorial Museum call no. D570 M48 W241 p16. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Unknown photographer (1917) What do you think of our happy family?. Group portrait of patients, nurs …


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    Charles Sydney AWMM
  • Surname
    Coombes AWMM
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    WWI 12/3285 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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    Unknown AWMM Pembroke, Ulster Street, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
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    James Coombes (father), Station Road, Paeroa, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 13 November 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


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