Private Brian Patrick Collins

George, Helen, Patrick and Clara Collins. Photo courtesy of The Collins Family
© Royston Williamson 2015
Photo Courtesy of Royston Williamson 2015

Thank you to Jim Edwards for this research.

Brian “Pat” Patrick Collins was born on 31st October 1895 in Dorking. He became a student at Dorking High School (Ashcombe School) in 1907. Pat was a good high jumper and also a member of the First Patrol of Boy Scouts in Dorking.

Brian Patrick Collins Death Notice 22nd July 1916 © findmypast.co.uk

He was a private (number 2456) in the 1st/5th Battalion of The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). He died on 7th 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.

Brian Collins Death Notice 30th December 1916 © Dorking Advertiser
Born Dorking, Surrey
Lived Dorking, Surrey
Son of Alfred and Georgina Collins of 20 Horsham Road, Dorking
Regiment 1st/5th Battalion. 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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