I have not been able to positively identify this soldier, but have found the following references which may relate to the Collins on our War Memorial.

A Thomas George Collins was born in Woburn Sands on 9th July 1899, to George Collins, a labourer of Station Road.

According to a report in the “Beds Times”, a T. Collins was on leave from the Bedfordshire Regiment. in December 1917. In a “North Bucks Times” report, a T. Collins was on leave from the Middlesex Regiment in March 1918. It is possible that this was the same man who later transferred to the Royal Fusileers. No army service papers have survived for a suitable soldier to match the information.

On the Soldiers Died index, there is a Private T. G. Collins, G/5524 of the Duke of Cambridgeshires (Middlesex) Regt., born Bramshot, Hants, who enlisted at Woolwich in Kent. He died 28th March 1918 in France. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission lists him as being 23 years of age, and Henry and Edith Collins, his parents, living at Woolwich. He is buried in the Maroeuil British Cemetary.

Also on the CWGC index, there is a T. G. Collins who died on 11th April 1919. He was a Private, no. 93829, of the 44th Garrison Battalion Royal Fusileers. The 44th Garrison Battalion was only formed in 1918, for duty at Army HQs. He is listed on the St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France.



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