Date of birth: 1898 (Q4)
Parents: Frederick William and Ellen Collins
Address: 39 Albert Street
Victor James Collins was born in Pershore, Worcestershire in 1898, the second son of Frederick and Ellen Collins. At the 1901 census, the family of 4 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). Victor was still at school at this time, as were his younger brother and sister William and Winnifred. Frederick was a Machinist at an Oil Engineering Works and Percy was an Errand Boy for a Wine Merchant.
Percy also died in the war just 3 months later and is buried in Warwick Cemetery. Victor is remembered on the base of the cross on Percy’s grave where the inscription reads:
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, G/69726
Regiment/Service: 10th (Service) Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
Brigade/Division: 124th Brigade, 41st Division
Date of death: Friday, March 22, 1918
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in Action - Battle of St Quentin
Commemorated/Buried: Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais
Awards: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at:
- Unlocking Warwick Research Group