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Thomas Coombes (1868-1932)
1932 Obituary 
THOMAS COOMBES, who was a director of Messrs. T. L. Harding and Sons of Torquay, was during the early part of his life connected with engineering in Cornwall.
He was born at Charlestown in 1868, and after completing his education at Fowey commenced his apprenticeship in 1883 at the Charlestown Foundry and Ironworks Company, of which he eventually rose to be assistant manager. His work at this time was in connexion with pumping, winding, and stamping machinery for the Malay Peninsula mines.
He joined Messrs. Harding in 1899 as works manager and became a director in 1916.
Mr. Coombes, whose death occurred on 30th December 1931, had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1903.