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Erskine Gilbert COLLINS

Regimental number2471
Place of birthGeelong, Victoria
SchoolGeelong College, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address83 Prospect Road, Newtown, Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, William Gilbert Collins, 83 Prospect Road, Newtown, Geelong, Victoria
Enlistment date19 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name2nd Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 12
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/21/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Mooltan on 11 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 26 September 1917

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 28 September 1917

Military Medal

Valuable services as guide and runner, showing conspicuous courage under fire and devotion to duty. (Near Ypres 20-22 september 1917).
Recommendation date: 3 October 1917

FateDied of wounds 1 October 1917
Place of death or woundingMenin road, Ypres, Belgium
Date of death1 October 1917
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialMenin Road South Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row I, Grave No. 24), Ypres, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William Gilbert and Thomasina Maria COLLINS, 'Stretton', Prospect Road, Geelong, Victoria

Military Medal

'During the operations along the MENIN ROAD on 20th and 22nd September, 1917 he was employed as a company runner from strong point at BLACK WATCH CORNER to HOOGE CRATER. He successfully accomplished seven trips, aggregating about 25 miles under most dangerous conditions of heavy barrage fire. On several occasions he voluntarily carried water to the front and acted as a guide for other parties. He showed a splendid devotion to duty and carried on after being slightly wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Family/military connectionsCousin: 906 Lt Frank COLLINS, 17th Bn, killed in action, 12 October 1917.

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