Regimental number3263
AddressNorth Fitzroy, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, J Collins, 588 Nicholson Street, North Fitzroy, Victoria
Enlistment date6 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 28 September 1917

FateKilled in Action 10 August 1918
Date of death10 August 1918
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialHeath Cemetery (Plot IV, Row D, Grave No. 2), Harbonnieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Selina COLLINS, 588 Nicholson Street, North Fitzroy, Victoria

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He collected a small party and advanced on an enemy blockhouse, which was garrisoned by about twenty of the enemy with two machine guns. He reached it, well ahead of his men, in spite of heavy machine gun fire, threw some bombs into the blockhouse, and, entering, forced the enemy out of another entrance into the hands of the men who were following. He set a splendid example of courage and initiative.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918