Combe, Samuel Barbour

Combe, Samuel Barbour (Barrie)


North Irish Horse

Killed in action on Thursday 1 October 1914 (aged 34)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Le Touret Memorial, France (Panel 1)

Royal Ulster Yacht Club, Bangor

Ark Masonic Lodge X, Belfast

Donaghcloney and District War Memorial


Samuel Barbour Combe (known as Barrie) was born on 20 January 1880 in Danesfort, Malone, Belfast and he was a son of Abram and Emilie Caroline Combe (nee Nicholson) who were married on 14 September 1875 in St. Thomas’s Church of Ireland Church, Belfast.  Abram Combe, a merchant from Ormiston, Strandtown was a son of James Combe, a merchant.  Emilie Caroline Nicholson from Danesfort, Belfast was a daughter of Robert George Nicholson, a merchant.

Abram Combe was born in Belfast in 1852 and he was a son of James and Margaret Combe (nee Barbour).  James Combe, along with William Dunville, founded the Falls Foundry in 1845.  William Dunville also headed a distillery firm until he retired in 1873.  William Dunville died in 1874, and his great-grandson, Second Lieutenant John Spencer Dunville VC died of wounds on 26 June 1917.

In 1860 James Barbour became a partner with James Combe and the Falls Foundry was renamed Combe Barbour.  From 1869 until 1875 Abram was an apprentice before becoming a partner after his father’s death.

Abram and Emilie Caroline Combe (nee Nicholson) had at least three children:

James (born 24 March 1877 in Malone Park, Belfast; in 1901 he was described as an engineering works manager)

Robert George Nicholson (born 23 September 1878 in Malone Park, Belfast; in 1901 he was described as a student of law and BA graduate of Cambridge)

Samuel Barbour (born 20 January 1880 in Danesfort, Malone, Belfast; in 1901 he was described as an engineering works learner)

Samuel Barbour Combe was educated at Rugby College and in France.  Later he wa a member of the Ulster Club and the Royal Ulster Yacht Club.  He was Master of the County Down Staghounds.

Samuel Barbour Combe and Mary Theresa Waring were married on 12 March 1906 in Waringstown Parish Church of Ireland Church.  Samuel Barbour Combe, a gentleman from Donaghcloney House was a son of Abram Combe, a gentleman of private means.  Mary Theresa Waring of Waringstown was a daughter of Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Waring.  One of their witnesses was Mary’s brother, Holt Waring.

Major Holt Waring died on 15 April 1918 in Belgium.

Samuel Barbour Combe and Mary Theresa Combe (nee Waring) had two children:

Thomas Waring Barrie (born 9 August 1907 in The Bungalow, Donaghcloney)

Ruric Desmond (born 9 March 1910 in Donaghcloney)

Husband of Mary Theresa Combe of Donaghcloney, Co Down.

Samuel Barbour Combe was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1909 and posted to the North Irish Horse.  He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1913 and went to France on 12 August 1914 where he saw action in the retreat from Mons and the advance to the Aisne.  On 30 September Lieutenant Combe was ordered out to ascertain the status of German occupation of the village of Condé-sur-Aisne.  He never returned and was posted as missing in action.  Later, based on information received from a German officer, it was officially confirmed that he had been killed and buried, but his grave was lost.

Lieutenant Combe’s father, Abram Combe, died of heart disease in Donaghcloney on 20 August 1917 (aged 65).