Albert George (Bert) COLLINS

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COLLINS, Albert George

Service Number: 1094
Enlisted: 6 January 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 3rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Hillgrove, New South Wales, Australia, 25 May 1894
Home Town: Hillgrove, Armidale Dumaresq, New South Wales
Schooling: Hillgrove Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Butcher
Died: Killed in Action, France, 1 January 1917, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Guards Cemetery, Lesboeufs, Picardie
III.J.8.
Memorials: Armidale Loyal New England Union Lodge No 37 MUIOOF Roll of Honor, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Grenfell Great War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

6 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1094, 33rd Infantry Battalion
4 May 1916: Involvement Private, SN 1094, 33rd Infantry Battalion
4 May 1916: Embarked Private, SN 1094, 33rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Marathon, Sydney
16 Sep 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 3rd Infantry Battalion
1 Jan 1917: Involvement Private, SN 1094, 3rd Infantry Battalion

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Biography

Albert was the first of 9 children of Edith and Albert Collins.  He grew up in Hillgrove, a mining town in the New England where his father was a miner.  Albert served an apprenticeship with J.J. Bliss a butcher in Armidale.  Albert's father died in 1920 leaving his mother to bring up a large family of children.  Unbeknown to Albert, his youngest brother George was to die in WW2, shot down into the sea off New Guinea by a US plane.  

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery
 
Awaiting memorialisation at Sandgate Cemetery.

105 years ago today, on the 1st January 1917, Private Albert (Bert) George Collins, 3rd Battalion (Reg No-1094), butcher from Armidale, New South Wales, was Killed in Action, age 21.

Born at Hillgrove, New South Wales on the ? ? 1895 to Albert (died 1920) and Edith I Collins (died?) of Foundry Street, Wickham, New South Wales and 735 Hunter Street, Newcastle West, N.S.W. and 60 Denison Street, Hamilton, N.S.W. (1924), Bert enlisted January 1916 with the 33rd Battalion at Armidale, N.S.W.

Bert is resting at Guards' Cemetery, Lesboeufs, France. Plot III Row J Grave 8.

Mr. Collin’s name has been inscribed on the Armidale World War 1 Memorial Fountain, Armidale Loyal New England Union Lodge No. 37 M.U.I.O.O.F. Roll of Honor (photo, unveiled date unknown) and the Grenfell Great War Memorial.

There is no headstone at the gravesite of father Albert, therefore no memorial inscription to tell us of the supreme sacrifice of his son during The Great War, so November 2017 I placed a memorial cross adorned with poppies on the gravesite, taken a photo of the memorialised grave and uploaded the photo onto the Northern Cemetery website as a permanent record of his service. ANGLICAN 1-64. 83.

Contact with descendants would be greatly appreciated.

Albert was the first of 9 children of Edith and Albert Collins. He grew up in Hillgrove, a mining town in the New England where his father was a miner. Albert served an apprenticeship with J.J. Bliss, a butcher in Armidale. Albert's father died in 1920 leaving his mother to bring up a large family of children.

Unbeknown to Albert, his youngest brother George was to die in WW2, shot down into the sea off New Guinea by a US plane.

Lest We Forget.

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