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PostSubject: Private George Comberton   Tue Feb 24, 2015 7:54 pm

Private George Comberton served during the Zulu Wars, a Belfast-born volunteer who subsequently settled in the east end of London where he established a successful chain of butcher’s shops.
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PostSubject: Re: Private George Comberton   Tue Feb 24, 2015 8:17 pm

Private 1901 George Comberton 1st 24th
Service continued in South Wales Borderers 1st July 1881. Discharged 24th July 1882. South Africa Medal with Clasp 1879. His regimental service number was 1901.
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PostSubject: Re: Private George Comberton   Tue Feb 24, 2015 11:34 pm

A very dubious account of Comberton’s actions in South Africa 22-23/1/1879 were published in Essex Countryside Magazine April 1966. Interesting to note that he did not arrive in South Africa until May 1879 as he was part of the draft aboard the Clyde which left Woolwich on 1 March 1879.

He died at 150a Keppel Road, East Ham, London, England 3/1/1919 aged 68 years. Buried in Old East Ham Cemetery, Norman Road, East Ham.
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