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Edwin Daniel COLLINGS

Regimental number799
Place of birthLaunceston, Tasmania
AddressAndover, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jane Collings, 26 Esplanade, Inveresk, Launceston, Tasmania
Enlistment date14 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name40th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/57/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 1 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll40th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 17 October 1917

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 14 December 1915; taken on strength 40th Bn 1 May 1916; wounded at Passchendaele 12 October 1917.
FateKilled in Action 28 March 1918
Age at death29
Place of burialHeilly Station Cemetery (Plot VII, Row A, Grave No. 46), Mericourt-L'Abbe, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial

Military Medal

'For conspicuous and gallantry and devotion to duty in action East of YPRES on 4th October 1917. The Company to which he belonged was held up by an enemy strong-point. The Lewis Gun near this point being out of action, Private COLLINGS rushed forward with his rifle, shot two of the enemy and took the remainder prisoner, thus enabling his Company to go forward. Throughout the action, he displayed great courage and initiative and set a fine example to the rest of his Company.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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