COLLINS , William Gilbert
(Service number 6/3280)

Aliases Gill
First Rank Private Last Rank Corporal


Date 2 October 1895 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Waimataitai
Occupation Plumber
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.
Religion Non-Conformist
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

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

Military Awards

Service Medals 1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 22 November 1919 Reason Termination of period of engagement

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

12 July 1916 at Rouen he was reported sick.

Post-war Occupations



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

Biographical Notes

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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