Lionel Chapman COLLINGS


COLLINGS, Lionel Chapman

Service Number: 1219
Enlisted: 1 March 1915
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 26th Infantry Battalion
Born: Zheehan, October 1896
Home Town: Battery Point, Hobart, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Ironmonger's assistant
Died: Died of wounds, France, 1 May 1918
Cemetery: Serre Road Cemetery No.1
Plot IV, Row H, Grave No. 9 Cemetery: Beaumont-Hamel, France, Serre Road Cemetery No 1, Beaumont Hamel, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hobart Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

1 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Driver, SN 1219, 26th Infantry Battalion
29 Jun 1915: Involvement Driver, SN 1219, 26th Infantry Battalion
29 Jun 1915: Embarked Driver, SN 1219, 26th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Brisbane

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

From Sue Guinan: Tasmania – The Great War 1914-1918


Born 11th October 1897 Zeehan Tasmania the son of James Chapman and Lillie Blanche Collings (nee Allwright) a clerk he embarked Brisbane 29th June 1915 on board “HMAT Aeneas” with the 26th Infantry Battalion.

He had served with senior cadets for 4 years and had been rejected once because of teeth. He was only 18 years of age when he was accepted for service.

He was admitted to the 6th Australian Field Ambulance 1st May 1918 with a shell wound to the head and died the same day.

He was buried in the Serre Road Cemetery No 1, Beaumont Hamel, Hamel Area, France.


The old scholars of the Hobart High School tendered a farewell social on Saturday evening to one of their number, Lionel Collings, who has been accepted for the war. With a number of the present scholars they met at the Memorial-hall, and after some enjoyable items contributed by the staff and scholars, Mr. Mitchell, on behalf of the school, presented Mr. Collings with a vest-pocket camera as a memento of his sojourn at the High School.. Mention was made of the many qualities that had endeared him to his school-fellows, and the good wishes of all present were tendered to this, the school's first volunteer for the front.- The school song and the National Anthem brought a successful evening to a close.

The Mercury 28th April 1915