William Herbert COLLINS

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COLLINS, William Herbert

Service Number: 3748
Enlisted: 5 August 1915, Bendigo, Victoria
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 5th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, April 1892
Home Town: Golden Square, Greater Bendigo, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farm hand
Died: Influenza, To Be Determined, Sutton Veny, United Kingdom, 1 February 2019
Cemetery: Tidworth Military Cemetery, England
Row A, Grave No. 72, Tidworth Military Cemetery, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

5 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3748, Bendigo, Victoria
23 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3748, 5th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
23 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3748, 5th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
25 Jul 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 3748, 5th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , GSW to left arm. Evacuated to England. Rejoined unit 7 January 1917.
15 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3748, 5th Infantry Battalion, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages
4 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3748, 5th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (Second)
20 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3748, 5th Infantry Battalion, Menin Road
22 Sep 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 5th Infantry Battalion, Belgium
4 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 3748, 5th Infantry Battalion, Broodseinde Ridge
14 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 3748, 5th Infantry Battalion, German Spring Offensive 1918
9 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 3748, 5th Infantry Battalion, The Battle of Amiens
18 Sep 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 3748, 5th Infantry Battalion, Breaching the Hindenburg Line - Cambrai / St Quentin Canal
1 Feb 1919: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 3748, 5th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

A farm labourer from Bendigo, Victoria prior to enlistment, Pte Collins embarked with the 12th Reinforcements, 5th Battalion from Melbourne on HMAT Ceramic on 23 November 1915.

Later wounded in the left arm he was evacuated to England. Following his recovery he re-joined his battalion and was promoted to Lance Corporal.

Subsequently developing pneumonia he was again evacuated to England and admitted to the 1st Australian General Hospital where, on 1 February 1919, he succumbed to his illness and was buried in the Tidworth Military Cemetery, Wiltshire, England with full military honours.

Source: AWM

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