Thank you to Jim Edwards for this research.
Brian Patrick Collins was born late in 1895 and attended Dorking High School. He was a private (number 2456) in the 1st/5th Battalion of The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). He died on 7 July 1916 and is buried in the Basra War Cemetery. The Battalion had served in India from early in the war and was then part of the mainly Indian force that was sent to Iraq to keep the oil fields, necessary to the Navy, from the Turks. His parents were Alfred Charles and Georgiana Collins. In 1901 the family were at 15 Arundel Road and in 1911 were at 20 Horsham Road. He is commemorated on the St Paul’s Church memorial.
Brian was the son of Alfred Charles Collins, a local artist, whose paintings are on display in Dorking Museum.
Son of Alfred Charles and Georgina Collins of 20 Horsham Road, Dorking
School Dorking High School 1901-1904 (Ashcombe School)
Regiment 1/5th Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment
Date of Death 7th July 1916
Place of Death Mesopotamia
Cause of Death Died of disease
Cemetery Basra War Cemetery