Walter George Collins

First Name: 
Walter
Middle Name: 
George
Last Name: 
Collins
Date of Birth: 
Friday, February 19, 1897
Mother's Name: 
Mary Elizabeth Collins nee Weik
Father's Name: 
Joseph Collins
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, November 29, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
1st Battalion
Company: 
C
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Sunday, July 23, 1916
Place of Death: 
Pozieres, France
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Walter Collins (Service No 5065) was born in Nowra, N.S.W.  Walter enlisted after taking part in the Waratah March when he was 18 years old, single, and working as a labourer.

Walter embarked from Sydney on board SS Makarini with 16th Reinforcements on 1st April 1916.  The troops arrived in Egypt on 2nd May 1916 and Walter was sent on to  France on 9th May 1916.  He joined 9 Platoon, C Company, 1st battalion, on 23rd June 1916.

In July the 1st Battalion was fighting on the Somme.  Walter Collins was near the front at Pozieres when he was buried by a high explosive shell in the trench.  By the time he was dug out of the trench he had died.  Walter was buried in the vicinity of Casualty Corner at the time but his grave was lost in later fighting.  His death is recorded as between 22nd and 25th July 1916.

Walter is commemorated on the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneaux, France.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, COLLINS W G

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