The AIF Project


Regimental number526
Place of birthCreswick, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressCrystal Street, off Sulphide Street, Broken Hill, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 6.75"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs S Collins, Crystal Street, off Sulphide Street, Broken Hill, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date22 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 February 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 31 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 October 1918
Discharge date15 June 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 31 May 1915.

Remained with Transport Section, Heliopolis, 4 September 1915 (bulk of unit proceeded to Gallipoli).

Found guilty, 15 October 1915, of disobeying an order given by an NCO: admonished.

Rejoined Bn, Tel el Kebir, 10 January 1916.

Found guilty, 18 October 1915, of (1) being late on afternoon parade; (2) insolence to an NCO: awarded 10 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeiture of 10 days' pay.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 14 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 19 March 1916.

Admitted to 6th Field Ambulance, 9 June 1916 (laryngitis), and transferred to 2nd Divisional Rest Station; discharged to unit, 17 June 1916.

Admitted to 7th Field Ambulance, 3 December 1916 (pyrexia); transferred to 1st New Zealand Stationary Hospital, Amiens, 3 December 1916; to Ambulance Train No 23, 8 December 1916, and admitted same day to 4th General Hospital, Camiers (pyrexia, unknown origin; laryngitis); transferred to England, 31 December 1916, and admitted to 5th Southern General Hospital, Southsea, 1 January 1917; discharged on furlough, 19 January 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 15 February 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 13 March 1917.

Wounded in action, 10 June 1918 (gun shot wound, back); admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 11 June 1918, and then to 61st Casualty Clearing Station, and to Ambulance Train; admitted to 10th General Hospital, Rouen, 28 June 1918; transferred to England, 5 July 1918, and admitted to County of Middlesex War Hospital, Napsbury, 6 July 1918 (gun shot wound, penetrating abdomen: seriously ill); transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 12 July 1918; discharged on furlough, 4 September 1918, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 18 September 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Borda', 20 October 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 15 December 1918; discharged (medically unfit: abdomen wound, penetrating), Melbourne, 15 June 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death10 July 1957
SourcesNAA: B2455, COLLINS Owen

Print format    

© The AIF Project 2024, UNSW Canberra. Not to be reproduced without permission.