Owen Ambrose COLLIER


COLLIER, Owen Ambrose

Service Numbers: 3244, 3244A
Enlisted: 21 August 1916, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 46th Infantry Battalion
Born: Port Melbourne, Victoria, 6 October 1890
Home Town: Kalgoorlie, Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Miner
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 19 October 1917, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Birr Cross Roads Cemetery
Plot: III. A. 10.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

21 Aug 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3244, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
29 Dec 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3244, 46th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
29 Dec 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3244, 46th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Persic, Fremantle
19 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3244A, 46th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

Residence & Employment Info (Electoral Rolls)

1914: Owen was working at the Baddera Lead Mine just north of Northampton WA.

1914: Owen was in residence with his Brother Henry William and his Wife Maud in Meekatharra. Listed as Railway Coffee Palace, Oliver Street Meekatharra. Occupation listed as Miner.

1916: Residence was Waverley House, Boulder WA. Occupation Miner

Owen's Family

Owen was born in Port Melbourne, Victoria on 6th October 1890 to William Henry Collier of Holyhead, Wales and Susan (nee Price) of Port Melbourne. Owen's Father W.H. Collier was for a long time a Fireman on Ships but in the 1894 gained work in Western Australia's Murchison region driving engines into the newly opened up Gold Mining areas of Cue. About a year later his Wife Susan, Owen and Owen's half-Brother Henry joined them in Cue. W.H Colliers Daughter Ellen from a previous marriage back in Wales also came to Australia to join him in 1899.

W.H Collier eventually bought into the local Cue hotel scene becoming licensee of the "Old Spot Inn" in 1900. Owen's Mother Susan sadly died of Cholera in 1902 aged 36. She was buried in the Cue Cemetery. W.H Collier remained licensee of the Old Spot Inn until about 1907 and passed away in Geraldton aged 58.

Little is known about Owen except that he went on to become a Miner in Kalgoorlie at the time that he joined the great war in 1916. The only known Photograph of Owen is of him in the Cue football team of 1908. Owen's half-brother Henry William Collier became a Miner in the town of Meekatharra. Descendants of Henry now live in Perth WA.

The Author is related via being a descendant (Great Grandson) of Owen's half-sister Ellen.

Noel Macham

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Owen Ambrose COLLIER was born on 6th October, 1890 at Port Melbourne, Victoria

His parents were Henry William COLLIER & Susan PRICE