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William Edward Collins

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Portrait from In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School], 1919[?] - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait from In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School], 1919[?] - No known copyright rest …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Edward AWMM
  • Surname
    Collins AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 23109 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    26 June 1882 AWMM Palmerston NorthManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 7 September 1915 AWMM Paihiatua, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Maria Sebley (mother), Porangahau, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 27 May 1916 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 23109 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 7 September 1915 AWMM
    Age 32 AWMM
    Stock Agent/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 10 inches AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Frederick Thomas Collins and Maria Collins (nee Ellingham later Mrs John Robert Sebley), of Porangahau, Hawke's Bay.

    Gained commission as Second Lieutenant on 27 May 1915 (Studholme 1928).

    "Came to this school in January, 1898. On leaving he joined the staff of Messrs Abraham and Williams, where he received rapid promotion, and at the time of his enlistment was manager of the branch in Pahiatua. He was severely wounded by a bursting shell at Messines, when supervising the digging of a new trench. The stretcher bearers arrived as soon as possible, but he died before they had time to get him to the nearest dressing station. In a letter received from one of the men in his company it is evident that he was a most popular and capable officer." (In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School])

    Mother's surname incorrectly spelled as Selby on the Nominal Roll it is Sebley. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    9 June 1917 AWMM
    Age 36 AWMM
    BelgiumEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Messines Ridge (New Zealand) Memorial, Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium AWMM

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Studholme, J. (1928). New Zealand Expeditionary Force record of personal services during the war of officers, nurses, and first-class warrant officers, and other facts relating to the N.Z.E.F. : unofficial but based on official records. Wellington, N.Z.: Government Printer. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      33: 34 AWMM
    • Studholme, J. (1928). New Zealand Expeditionary Force record of personal services during the war of officers, nurses, and first-class warrant officers, and other facts relating to the N.Z.E.F. : unofficial but based on official records. Wellington, N.Z.: Government Printer. AWMM
      Studholme, J. (1928). p. 83. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 1: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 5: Includes portrait AWMM
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