Private Brian Patrick Collins

© Royston Williamson 2015
© Royston Williamson 2015

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 Collins Death Notice 30th December 1916 © Dorking Advertiser

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
Number                   T/2456

Date of Death           7th July 1916
Place of Death         Mesopotamia
Cause of Death        Died of disease

Age                           20

Cemetery                 Basra War Cemetery

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