Robert Comberbach 1880-1914

Robert Comberbach Private 13377

10th Service Ballation

The Cameronians, Scottish Rifles

Robert Comberbach was 34 when he enlisted in the 10th Service Battalion of the Cameronians, the Scottish Rifles on 6th September 1914 but was discharged within three months of enlisting as 'unlikely to become an efficient soldier'. He was 5 feet 7 1/4 inches in height, weighed 154 lbs and a labourer when he enlisted and intended to return home to 31 Union Buildings, Blackburn, Lancashire. He had a fresh complexion, with blue eyes and light brown hair.

He was discharged on 19th October 1914 after serving 44 days in the army. The reasons for his discharge were:

  1. Lumbago
  2. Deficient teeth – dyspepsia

Robert married Catherine Tattersal, Spinster, on 12 June 1899 in Blackburn and they had:

  • Mary Frances Comberbach, born 1899, Blackburn
  • Hannah Comberbach, born and died 1901, Blackburn
  • Martha Comberbach, born 1902, Blackburn
  • Florence Comberbach, born 1904, Blackburn
  • George Edward Comberbach, born 1906, Blackburn
  • Robert Comberbach, born 1908, Blackburn
  • Catherine Comberbach, born 1910, Blackburn
  • Peter Comberbach, born 1913, Blackburn
  • May Comberbach, born 1915, Blackburn

Robert died in 1914 shortly after he was discharged.