Lieut Charles Louis Collin

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Lieut Charles Louis Collin

Brisbane, Brisbane City, Queensland, Australia
Death 1 Sep 1918 (aged 29)
Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France
Burial Sailly-Saillisel, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France
Plot XII. D. 6.
Memorial ID 56181241 · View Source
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Charles was a very promising young Queenslander when he was killed in France in September 1918. Prior to the war he was in the Department of Agriculture and upon taking up a military career was appointed ADC to General Lee, of the first and then the second military districts. He left for France and went through some sever fighting.

Charles was of French descent although borne in Queensland. He was very popular with all who came in contact with him. He had a fine physique and was a strong swimmer and an enthusiastic oarsman, belonging to both Brisbane clubs at the time. He was an only son of Gustave and Alice.

Charles joined the 42nd Battalion, 3rd Division AIF in France 5th January 1918. He was wounded in action with a gunshot wound to the shoulder after his Battalion had secured the high ground to the east of Bray-Cambrai road above the village of Sailly-Laurette. He was repatriated to England, 8th April 1918 and after several months in hospital was transferred to an OS Training Brigade, 30th July 1918 ahead of transfer back to his unit on 12th August 1918. The entire allied front to the east of Amiens had advanced against German positions commencing on 8th August 1918. The 42nd Battalion advanced to a secure position at the top of the slope above a steep gully along Rue de l'Eglise by the evening of 29th August 1918 and dug in.

Over the next several days the 3rd division participated in heavy fighting to secure the heavily defended position of Mont Saint-Quentin and Peronne. The 42nd Battalion and other units pushing along the ridge towards their immediate objective - the high ground above Moslains. The 42nd advanced towards the ridgeline south of Bouchavesnes after a thin barrage. Some of the 42nd sighted three German field batteries to the SE and Lewis gunners shot down one and captured five guns. The pause allowed the Germans to rally to the Scutari and Boussa trenches to the east. To the south the 41st Battalion experienced the fiercest fire it ever experienced loosing 5 officers and 100 men.

Charles in command of D Company advanced upslope into the Quarry Farm area to face a German garrison on the high ground of 80 men and 8 machine guns who quickly gave in when outflanked to south and bombarded by rifle grenades. After taking the position Charles come to confer with the Officer Commanding D Company during the advance and when he got off his knees to go was hit by machine gun fire from the high ground presumably to the NE. He died within a few minutes.

Initially buried where he fell. 49°58'6.55"N 2°56'39.36"E

COLLIN Charles Louis Lt Sea Transport Svc Adjt A28 to Hon/Lt CCo/42Bn WIA 5-4-18 shoulder near Albert F&B reported shot by MG at Quarry Farm near Peronne buried Sailly-Saillisel British Cemetery France (Prov 2/Lt ASqn/2 LH 1-10-15 to staff 2 MD ADC to Maj Gen George Lee in Brisbane 1916-17 CMF) KIA 1-9-18

"A very intelligent and precise man"

He remains greatly missed by his family.

Gravesite Details Lieutenant, 42nd Battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Killed in action. Son of Gustave Antoine and Alice Collin. Native of Brisbane, Queensland. Age: 29.



  • Maintained by: John Charles Menzies
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Charles Louis Collin (28 Aug 1889–1 Sep 1918), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56181241, citing Sailly-Saillisel British Cemetery, Sailly-Saillisel, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France ; Maintained by John Charles Menzies (contributor 48018611) .