John Robert McCombe was the son of Robert and Jane McCombe. He was born at Tullycorker, Clogher on 4th February 1881. The 1901 census records John as 18 years old. He was working as a post boy. His father was a farmer. John Robert McCombe emigrated to Canada. John enlisted on 2nd November 1914 at London, Ontario. He had previously worked as a clerk. He named his mother has his next of kin. Corporal John Robert McCombe was serving with the 18th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment) when he died on 15th September 1916, aged 35.
The Vimy Memorial overlooks the Douai Plain from the highest point of Vimy Ridge, about eight kilometres northeast of Arras on the N17 towards Lens. The memorial is signposted from this road to the left, just before you enter the village of Vimy from the south. The memorial itself is someway inside the memorial park, but again it is well signposted.