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Archibald John * COLLINS

Date of birth19 June 1890
Other NamesCOLLINS, Archibald John~
OccupationMedical practitioner
AddressCamperdown, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs A M Collins, 'Rockwood', Hilda Street, Wahroonga, New South Wales
Enlistment date13 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit name2nd Casualty Clearing Station
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Medical Corps


Unit: AMC
Promotion date: 28 January 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089 (31 December 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61 (23 May 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 4 July 1919

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of the evacuation of wounded during intense fighting. Although the A.D.S. in which he was located was subjected to heavy enemy artillery fire, by his splendid energy, coolness, and courage, he was enabled to evacuate safely several hundred casualties. his magnificent example inspired all who came in contact with him and stimulated junior officers and exhausted stretcher bearers to further efforts.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in organizing a party of forty stretcher bearers, leading them through two barrages to the front line, and dressing and attending wounded under heavy fire and direct observation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 150
Date: 24 September 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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