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 Joseph Henry Collin

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Joseph Henry Collin

  • Birth 10 Apr 1893 Jarrow, Metropolitan Borough of South Tyneside, Tyne and Wear, England
  • Death 9 Apr 1918 Givenchy-en-Gohelle, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
  • Burial Vieille-Chapelle, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
  • Plot III. A. 11.
  • Memorial ID 11769472

World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Jarrow, England, he served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 1/4th Battalion King's Own Regiment, British Army. In actions near Givenchy, France, April 9, 1918, 2nd Lieutenant Collin after withstanding resistance against heavy enemy fire, held by his platoon with only five of his men remaining. The enemy were pressing hard with machine-gun fire from close range, when 2nd Lieutenant Collin single-handed with his revolver attacked the machine gun putting the gun out of action, killing four of the team and wounding two others. Observing a second machine gun firing, he took a Lewis gun and a high point of vantage where he could engage the gun and kept them enemy at bay until he fell mortally wounded. For gallantry in the face of the enemy, he was posthumously awared the Victoria Cross on June 25, 1918.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 17 Sep 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11769472
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Henry Collin (10 Apr 1893–9 Apr 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11769472, citing Vieille-Chapelle New Military Cemetery, Vieille-Chapelle, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .