By ALEX CRAIG

Myrtleford Times - - News -

POST-World War II mi­grant and Ta­wonga South iden­tity Her­bie Krom­bach died re­cently.

The 86-year-old had lived to the full, en­joy­ing travel and the com­pany of fam­ily and friends un­til late ill-health.

He was born Her­bert Karl Adolf Krom­bach in Weilmün­ster, in the Ger­many west­ern state of Hesse, in 1931, and grew up dur­ing the dif­fi­cult war years when all his ef­forts were aimed to­wards get­ting out and mak­ing a bet­ter life for him­self.

He re­sisted fam­ily ef­forts to start in the fam­ily black­smithing busi­ness and at 15 he be­came a chef’s ap­pren­tice and was taken on by Ger­man rail­ways.

This gave him ac­cess to the North Sea har­bour towns, where he put the sec­ond part of his plan into ac­tion by find­ing work as a chef in the mer­chant navy.

In this job he trav­elled the world look­ing for the per­fect place to live, but be­fore head­ing off he had met and mar­ried Ella, the daugh­ter of a fel­low

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