Theodore Augustus Collins

7182, Bandsman, 1st Battalion, Cameron Highlanders.

Date of death 7th November 1914.  Age 21.

7182, Bandsman, 1st Battalion, Cameron Highlanders.

The grave of Bandsman Theodore Augustus Collins in the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France.

Theodore Collins was born in Benington, Hertfordshire, the son of William and Mary Augusta Collins. He joined the Army at a young age and trained as a Musician. As a professional soldier he was sent to Belgium at the outbreak of the Great War as part of the original British Expeditionary Force.

His Battalion arrived in France on the 14th August 1914, just 10 days after the outbreak of the Great War. As part of the 1st Division Theodore would have taken part in The Battle of Mons and the subsequent retreat, including the Rearguard Affair of Etreux, The Battle of the Marne,

The Battle of the Aisne, including participation in the Actions on the Aisne heights and the Action of Chivy, and The First Battle of Ypres. On the 1st November 1914 the Battalion were moved into a position between Zonnebeke Wood and Veldhoek near Ypres. Over the following week their positions were heavily shelled and the Battalion suffered a large number of casualties. It is uncertain on which day Theodore was wounded but he was taken to a General Hospital in Boulogne where he died from the effects of his wounds.

He is buried in the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France.

The Benington war memorial incorrectly records him as A.T. COLLINS.

1914 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal

 

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