Ronald Ralph COLLINS

COLLINS, Ronald Ralph

Service Number: SX7163
Enlisted: 29 June 1940, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Echunga, South Australia, 28 January 1919
Home Town: Gulnare, South Australia
Schooling: Gulnare Primary School
Occupation: Farm labourer
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World War 2 Service

29 Jun 1940: Enlisted Private, SN SX7163, Adelaide, South Australia
30 Jun 1940: Involvement Private, SN SX7163
10 Oct 1945: Discharged AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN SX7163, 2nd/48th Infantry Battalion

Collins Ron 5 Brothers

I neglected to name Ron's 5 brothers in my previous story.

Collins Arthur A SX9849
Collins Ernest A 47886.
Collins Gordon E 26577.
Collins Frederick G SX13847.
Collins Kenneth J 26577

Submitted by Kelvin Bowman

Collin Ronald Ralph SX7163

Ronald was one of six brothers who joined the Armed Forces during WW2. He was the fourth son od Arthur(Pop) and Florence Collins of Gulnare SA, 2 in the RAAF, 3 in the Army and ! in the Navy.
Educated at the Gulnare Primary School and gained his QC twice (it was common practice for students to do extra years at Primary School to reach the required age of 14 years, before getting work). Ron played football and was a farm labourer in civil life.
Ron enlisted in the Army 29th June 1940and saw active service overseas and was wounded at Tobruk in May1941. Returned to Australia in March 1943 and was one of the Rats of Tobruk".

Photo and story from the Gulnare Primary School Centenary book "Slates to Computers"

Submitted by Kelvin Bowman

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