COLLINS , William Gilbert
(Service number 6/3280)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Corporal|
|Date||2 October 1895||Place of Birth||Temuka|
|Address at Enlistment||Waimataitai|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Marital Status||.Single. William married Edith Frances FERGUSON in England in 1919.|
|Next of Kin||Mrs F. A. COLLINS (mother), Waimataitai, Timaru. Later Mrs E. F. COLLINS (wife), 29 Packington St, Islington.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||8th Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Infantry Battalion|
|Date||13 November 1915|
|Transport||Willochra or Tofua|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Regiment|
|Service Medals||1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||22 November 1919||Reason||Termination of period of engagement|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
12 July 1916 at Rouen he was reported sick.
|Date||22 March 1965||Age||70 yrs|
|Place of Death||7 Rathmore Street (residence), Timaru|
|Notices||Timaru Herald, 23 March 1965|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Timaru Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||Services Section, Row 118, Plot 7|
|New Zealand Memorials|
William Hilbert COLLINS, known as Gill, was the son of William Thomas and Florence Annie (nee STOREY) COLLINS. He returned home to Timaru, NZ, on 24 September 1919 by the 'Corinthic', after more than 4 years of service, 3 years and 314 days of that overseas in Egypt and Western Europe. He was educated at Waimataitai and Timaru Main schools. Before his return to New Zealand and discharge Gill was married on 23 July 1919 in Holburn, London, to Edith Frances FERGUSON, who who survived him with their family - Doreen, Shirley and Mervyn.
Cenotaph Database [07 November 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK18805 W5530 0027173) [27 June 2014]; ; TDC headstone image, Timaru Cemetery [07 November 2013]; Timaru Herald, 25 September 1919 (Papers Past) [07 November 2013]; Timaru Herald, 23 March 1965 (Timaru District Library) [27 June 2014]
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