William Thomas COLLIE

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COLLIE, William Thomas

Service Numbers: 903, 2041
Enlisted: 6 January 1915
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 11th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Longwarry, Victoria, Australia, 24 March 1882
Home Town: Port Douglas, Cairns, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in action, Palestine, 26 November 1917, aged 35 years
Cemetery: Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel
Row N, Grave No 2
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Mossman War Memorial, Port Douglas Memorial
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World War 1 Service

6 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 5th Light Horse Regiment
8 Apr 1915: Involvement Private, SN 903, 5th Light Horse Regiment
5 Aug 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 903, 5th Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, Buried by shell explosion, returns to Australia.
9 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 2041, 11th Light Horse Regiment, Returned from Australia.
9 Oct 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2041, 11th Light Horse Regiment
9 Oct 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2041, 11th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Clan MacEwen, Melbourne
8 Nov 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Trooper, Anzac Provost Corps , Police duty.
28 Jul 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Trooper, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, Attached for Police Duty.
26 Nov 1917: Involvement Trooper, SN 2041, 11th Light Horse Regiment

William Thomas Collie.

NEXT-OF-KIN (wife) Mrs Ann Killen Collie, "Mayfield" Mowbray River Port Douglas QLD (his brother Mr A Collie had been a Military Staff Clerk at the Melbourne Adjutant General's Department later earning a Militray Cross in France)
LINK-TO-DOUGLAS SHIRE Resident at Mowbray River in Douglas Shire
REGIMENT-1 5th Light Horse
REGIMENT-2 11th Light Horse
RANK Acting Corporal
CAMPAIGN-1 Gallipoli
CAMPAIGN-2 Middle East
KILLED-IN-ACTION Yes, 26/11/1917
Awarded the 1914/15 Star No.16753; British War Medal No.9833; Victory Medal No.9791; Memorial Scroll No.339095; Memorial Plaque No.339095
STORY-OUTLINE William Thomas Collie (Service No.903) embarked on 8/4/1915 at Brisbane per HMAT "Star of England" A15 for Egypt. During August of 1915 he was "buried as a result of shell explosion, unconscious for two hours". Transported to England he underwent surgery for appendicitis at New Hampstead Hospital. and was recommended as permanently unfit for active service, fit for light duties and later invalided for return to Australia from Portland England on HMAT "Star of Victoria"" A16 on 19/1/1916.
He again embarked for Suez on 9/10/1916 from Melbourne on HMAT "Clan McEwen" A65 with the 11th Light Horse Regiment (Service No.20419) arriving 8/11/1916 and was transferred to the Anzac Provost Corps for police duty at Rafa, Alexandria and Abbasia in Egypt and transferred to the 2nd Light Horse Brigade in July 1917. On 26/11/1917 he was killed in action, probably in the Battle of Nebi Samwill as part of the defence of Jerusalem, and was buried near Hill 275, Palestine. He is buried at Remleh War Cemetery, Palestine, Row N, Grave No.2."
Courtesy of The Douglas Shire History Society.

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