Allen Harold COLLIN


COLLIN, Allen Harold

Service Number: 2106
Enlisted: 3 March 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 3rd Light Trench Mortar Battery
Born: Halbury, South Australia, 18 October 1895
Home Town: Gawler, Gawler, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Moulder's Improver
Died: Wounds, Pozieres, France, 25 July 1916, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Albert Communal Extension Cemetery
Plot 1 Row K Grave 19, Albert Communal Cemetery Extension, Albert, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Gawler Baptist Church WW1 Honour Roll, Gawler Council Gawler Men Who Answered the Call WW1 Roll of Honor, Gawler War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

3 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1
17 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2106, 12th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
17 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2106, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wandilla, Melbourne
25 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2106, 3rd Light Trench Mortar Battery, Battle for Pozières

Allen Harold Collin

( My mother's Uncle)

Allen enlisted 3 March 1915 aged 19 years & 6 months. His service Number was 2106. His older brother Frederick Arthur (Art) enlisted 8 March 1915 aged 31 years--his number was 6652. Their younger brother Roy Gordon enlisted 25 April 1916 aged 18 years Number 5327 (I will give their bios seperately)
Allen was born 18 October 1895 in Halbury, South Australia. He was a Moulder's Improver after being an apprentice for Martin & Co of Gawler for 6 years.
He was in the 12th Infantry, 6th Rein.
Went to Gallipoli 6/8/1915 then to Malta, Egypt, Alexandria and in 1916 was transferred to the Light Trench Mortar Battery, 3rd Brigade and to serve in France.
He died of gunshot wounds to his chest and a broken leg on 25 July 1916 at Pozieres.
He is mentioned in an article by Peter Stanley about the Australian Light Trench Mortar Batteries 1916 -- 1918. (Shoot & Scoot Brigade)
Allen was the 7th child of 10 children. He was a favourite of the family. All of his siblings with sons had an 'Allen" in their names & this was also handed on to the next generation.
When his mother wrote asking for photos of his burial place in 1920, she received a reply asking if their was a closer relative other than herself, e.g. his father.
Allen is buried in the Albert Communal Cemetery Extension, Plot 1, Row K, Grave 19.

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