Henry James Collins

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WWI Memorial Roll

By Lynette Wray

Henry James Collins

 

         

Military History:        

 

Regiment:                               Royal Field Artillery

Rank:                                      Gunner/Driver

Regimental Number:              30774        

Date of Enlisting:                    Not known

Date of death:                         30.7.1917

Cemetery/ Memorial:             Brandhoek New Military, Vlamertinghe,                                                     Ypres, Belgium

UK Cemetery/Memorial:        

 

It is not known were or when Henry signed up but he embarked for Egypt on 29 December 1915. He was transferred to the Western Front, France and Flanders where he saw active service as a driver on the with C Company 71st Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery.  Henry was killed in action on 30th July 1917 at Ypres when shells fell amongst their guns.  He is buried in the Brandhoek New Military Cemetery at Vlamertinghe, Ypres, Belgium.

He was awarded the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the 1914-15 Star.

 

Family History:

 

Date of born:                 10.2.1896

Birth Place:                   Camberwell, London

Residence:                    Bermondsey, London

Marriage:                      Single

 

Henry was born in Camberwell, Southwark, London on 10th February 1896, the second son of Henry James and Elizabeth Jane (nee Wadham) Collins.

Henry never lived in Ashwell but his parents did when Henry Snr became the licensee of Chalkmans’ Knoll in December 1916.  William Henry, Henry’s brother who had been blinded by shrapnel in 1915, was listed in the electoral rolls of 1920 at Chalkman’s Knoll.

Henry was killed in action on 30th July 1917 at Ypres and is buried in the Brandhoek New Military Cemetery at Vlamertinghe, Ypres, Belgium.

 

 

Commentary:

 

Name:

Henry James Collins

Birth Place:

Camberwell, Southwark, London

Residence:

Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Death Date:

30.7.1917

Enlistment Place:

Not known

Rank:

Gunner/Driver

Regiment:

Royal Field Artillery

Battalion:

C Company, 71st Brigade

Regimental Number:

30774

Type of Casualty:

Killed in Action

Theatre of War:

Western Europe, France and Flanders

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