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John Collins

  • Birth 10 Sep 1880 West Hatch, Taunton Deane Borough, Somerset, England
  • Death 3 Sep 1951 Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
  • Burial Merthyr Tydfil, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
  • Memorial ID 7747520

World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in West Hatch, England, he served as a Corporal in the 25th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers. In actions at Beersheba, Palestine, on October 31, 1917, Corporal Collins repeatedly went out when his battalion was forced to lie out in the open under heavy shell and machine-gun fire and he brought back many wounded. In subsequent operations he rallied his men and led the final assault with great skill in spite of heavy fire at close range and uncut wire. He bayoneted 15 of the enemy and with a Lewis gun covered the reorganization and consolidation most effectively although isolated and under fire from snipers and guns. For gallantry in the face of the enemy, he was awarded the Victoria Cross and promoted Sergeant. He died at age 70 in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith





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  • Added: 9 Aug 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7747520
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Collins (10 Sep 1880–3 Sep 1951), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7747520, citing Pant Cemetery, Merthyr Tydfil, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales ; Maintained by Find A Grave .