Percival Coombs COLLINS

COLLINS, Percival Coombs

Service Number: 59008
Enlisted: 15 May 1918, Bathurst, New South Wales
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 13th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Bathurst, New South Wales, 10 August 1896
Home Town: Bathurst, Bathurst Regional, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Cleaner
Died: Natural causes, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, 30 December 1970, aged 74 years
Cemetery: Norwood Park Crematorium, Mitchell, A.C.T.
Memorials: Bathurst Public School Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

15 May 1918: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 59008, Bathurst, New South Wales
17 Jul 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 59008, 1st to 15th (NSW) Reinforcements, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
17 Jul 1918: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 59008, 1st to 15th (NSW) Reinforcements, HMAT Borda, Sydney
19 Sep 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Gunner, 59008, 13th Field Artillery Brigade

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Biography contributed by Fiona Hunter

Percival Coombs Collins was born in 1896 to parents John William Henry Collins and Elizabeth Balfour. He was working as a cleaner at the time of enlistment in 1918. He was aged 21. He embarked from Sydney aboard the HMAT A30 Borda. On the 17th July he joined the 13th Field Artillery. He returned to Australia on the 8th July 1919.

He married Hazel Allan in 1923 in Bondi and at the time he was a coach builder, he later went on to become an Electrical Assistant. Percival and Hazel only had one child, Marie.

Percival died in Canberra in 1970 and both his and Hazels ashes are at the Norwood Park Crematorium.