war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

Service Record Notes



Long Service (All Arms except Calvary)

12 years with the Colours.

Attestation of

Charles Collins.


Name. Charles Collins.

Parish of Guildford

County. Surrey.

Age. 14 years - 6 months

Trade. Telegraph boy.


2, New buildings,

Walnut Tree Close,



I am quite willing my son should join the Army.

Yours truly,

H. Collins.


Next of kin –

Henry Collins (Father)

Louise (Mother)

Brother David.

Address. 2, The New Buildings, Walnut Tree Close, Guildford.


Re-Engagement Paper.

Declaration to be made by a Soldier on re-engaging to complete 21 years Army Service.

No. 6897 – Rank Corporal.

Name Charles Collins.

Serving with (Corps) The Kings Own Regiment.

Enlisted 10th October 1901 for a period of 12 years with the Colours.

24th May 1913.

Place- Lydd.


Employment Sheet.

The Kings Own Regiment of Foot.

Attested Aldershot 10/10/01.

Regt. No. 6897. Collins Charles.

Honest and sober and a very reliable hard working man.


Enlisted at Aldershot 10/10/01


Corps 1st Battalion The Kings Own Regiment.

Particulars of Marriage.

No. 6897. Lance Sgt. Charles Henry Collins.


Charles Henry Collins - Bachelor.

Christian name of the woman – Mary Ellen Hunt (Spinster)

St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Dover, Kent.

Date 4th April 1914.


Particulars of children. Bertha Olive. Date 17/4/14 Dover.


Army Pay Office. 15 February 1915.

To Mrs M. Collins, Sidney House, Malvern Road, Dover.


If you will forward the birth certificate of your posthumous child, separation allowance will be paid.

Please attach this letter when forwarding same.


Casualty Form – Active Service.

Promoted Sgt. 5/8/14.

Died from shell wound, both legs 27/10/14.

Buried in a Kemp? Churchyard Armentieres, at a place called Le Maroc, 28/10/14.


Sydney House.

Malvern Road.



I sent my child certificate, which I should have sent before. I have been too ill and had a nervous brake down since my husband’s death.

Thanking you so much.

Yours ?????

Mrs M. Collins.        (“brake” not "break" written.)


No. 1 Sydney Terrace,

Malvern Road.


As the wife of Sgt. C. H. Collins, 6897, B Coy, 1st Batt. Kings Own, since the Regt. on Active Service  ---- I beg to inform you I have had no money since the Regt. left Dover, and I am sadly in wait of same --- I am living  at the above address, which you will find me happy to hear from you.

Respectfully yours,

Mrs Collins.

It looks as though Mary Ellen may have married again: just readable ---

Widow – Sgt. C. F. Stewart/d 57 Re Fus. Register Office, Dover 18/6/15.  


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