Herbert Alan COLLINS

Regimental number832
Place of birthBallarat, Victoria
AddressEureka Street, Ballarat East, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 6"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinFather, Edward F. Collins, Eureka Street, Ballarat East, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years in Cadets; and in 70th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBallarat, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 2 March 1918

Meritorious Service Medal

Recommendation date: 8 March 1918

FateReturned to Australia 7 February 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Meritorious Service Medal

'This man has been a D Company runner in the Battalion ever since its formation. He has done splendid work in the action at FLEURBAIX, in the SOMME operations (including the taking of BAPAUME) and also in the operations around YPRES during September and October, 1917. He has repeatedly carried important messages from Company to Battalion Headquarters under heavy fire, and has always set a splendid example to the other runners of the Battalion.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Discharge date19 August 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 831 Sergeant Frank Austin COLLINS, 31st Bn, returned to Australia, 20 December 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Admitted to Divisional Rest Station, 26 September 1916 (influenza); rejoined Bn, in the field, 5 October 1916.

On leave to England, 20 December 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, from leave, 7 January 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 1 October 1917.

On leave to Paris, 26 December 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, from leave, 4 January 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 17 January 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, from leave, 6 February 1918.

Awarded Meritorious Service Medal, 17 June 1918.

Detached to Australian Corps School, 9 February 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, from detachment, 19 August 1918.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 1 August 1918.

Wounded in action, 30 September 1918 (phosphorous gas), and admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, and reverted to Lance Corporal; transferred same day to 50th Casualty Clearing Station, and then to Ambulance Train, and admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 1 October 1918. Transferred to England, 19 October 1918, and admitted to Beaufort War Hospital, Bristol, 20 October 1918; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 27 November 1918; discharged on furlough, 23 December 1918, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 6 January 1919.

Awarded Military Medal.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Lancashire', 7 February 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 31 March 1919; discharged (medically unfit), Melbourne, 19 August 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName entered incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as Hubert Allan COLLINS.
Date of death21 August 1975
SourcesNAA: B2455, COLLINS Herbert Alan