Date of birth: 1896 (Q2)
Parents: Frederick William and Ellen Collins
Address: 39 Albert Street
Occupation: Territorial Soldier prior to the war
Percy Frederick Collins was born in Pershore, Worcestershire in 1896, the first child of Frederick and Ellen Collins. By the 1901 census, Percy had a younger brother, Victor, and the family were living at Newlands in the Holy Cross parish of Pershore.
In 1911 Frederick and Ellen were living at 39 Albert Street, Warwick with their four children: Percy Frederick (14), Victor James (12), William Thomas (9) and Winnifred May (4). Frederick was a Machinist at an Oil Engineering Works and Percy was an Errand Boy for a Wine Merchant while his younger siblings were still at school.
Percy was invalided out and died at home. He is buried in Warwick Cemetery and his brother Victor, who died in the war just 3 months earlier is commemorated on the base of his memorial:
The inscription reads:
Greater love hath no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends
In Loving Memory of Our dear sons
PERCY F. COLLINS R.W.R. died June 21st 1918 aged 22 from illness contracted in France.
VICTOR J. COLLINS R.W.S.R. presumed killed 25th April 1918
Rank & Number: Private, 2176
Regiment/Service: 1st/7th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Brigade/Division: 143rd Brigade, 48th Division
Date of death: Friday, June 21, 1918
Cause of death/Battle: Died at home
Commemorated/Buried: Warwick Cemetery - CWGC section - 206 C 8
Awards: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at:
- Unlocking Warwick Research Group
- Warwick Advertiser excerpt courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office