Albert Edward COLLINS

COLLINS, Albert Edward

Service Number: 4142
Enlisted: 17 December 1914
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Summertown, South Australia, 31 May 1895
Home Town: Summertown, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Schooling: Uraidla, South Australia
Occupation: Gardener
Died: Died of wounds, France, 6 May 1917, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Grevillers British Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Summertown Cemetery Memorial Arch Gates, Uraidla & Districts Roll of Honour 1, Uraidla War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

17 Dec 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private
11 Jan 1916: Involvement Private, 4142, 12th Infantry Battalion
11 Jan 1916: Embarked Private, 4142, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Adelaide
6 May 1917: Involvement Lance Corporal, 4142, 12th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Sally McLean

Lance Corporal Albert Edward Collins, service number 4142, died of wounds on the 6th May 1917, in France, a few weeks before his 22nd birthday. Most likely at the battle of Bullecourt under the command of Maj Gen Walker.

Albert Edward Collins was born 31st May 1895 to parents Edward and Alice Collins (born Bungey) in the small Adelaide Hills town of Summertown. His family were market gardeners.

His older brother, Edgar, was married with children and his two younger brothers, Wilfred and Ernest were too young to enlist.