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Andrew COLLINS (1891-1948)

Andrew COLLINS1 (known as 'Andy'), son of James Thomas COLLINS (1847-1928) and Selina ARNOLD (1856-1932), was born in 1891 at the BDM District in Bombala, NSW.2 He was a follower of the Catholic faith .3

Before 29 June 1915 Andy was a miner . He gave miner as his occupation when enlisting for World War I. His brother George in a letter to the military also describes him as a miner.3,4

before 29 June 1915 he and Doreen PHILLIPS lived at Zebina St in Broken Hill, NSW.1,5 On 1 July 1915 he was described as 23 years 9 months of age, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 143 lbs. His chest measurements were 33½ inches and 35½ inches. He had a fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair . This was when he enlisted. On 16 Nov 1917, in a letter to the military requesting details of his location, his brother George Collins describes him as about 5 ft 9 ins in height and fair complexion (which is reasonably consistent with the official details recorded by the military).3

he served in World War I in the 15th Reinforcements. His Service/Regimental No was 2097 and he attained the rank of Private. He embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on H.M.A.T. (A68) "Anchises" on 16th March 1916 and served in Egypt.3,4 He married Doreen PHILLIPS in August 1915 (approx.) in Adelaide, South Australia. On his WWI enlistment application, he initially showed his mother, Selina Collins as his next-of-kin but then changed it to "friend, Miss Doreen Phillips". It is not known definitely that they were married but a letter by Andy's brother George in Andy's military file states "also believe he married in Adelaide after enlistment".6

he died (aged 57) on 21 July 1948 in a location to be determined.7

 

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Citations

1{S0221}, War Records : Embarkation & Nominal Roll : World War I : COLLINS, Andrew (0333). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
On his Attestation Paper of Persons Enlisted for Service Abroad and on his Embarkation/Nominal roll, Andy Collins gave his next-of-kin as friend, Doreen Phillips of Zebina St, Broken Hill, NSW and his residence as the same address
2{S0064}, BDM (NSW) Online Indexs : Births (NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Births Index : http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/Index/IndexingOrder.cgi/search?SessionID=&event=...). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Registration no. 7383 / 1891
3{S0220}, Military Service File : COLLINS, Andrew (0333). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Primary evidence.
4{S0221}, War Records : Embarkation & Nominal Roll : World War I : COLLINS, Andrew (0333). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Primary evidence.
5{S0220}, Military Service File : COLLINS, Andrew (0333). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
6{S0220}, Military Service File : COLLINS, Andrew (0333). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
On his Attestation Paper of Persons Enlisted for Service Abroad and on his Embarkation/Nominal roll, Andy Collins gave his next-of-kin as friend, Doreen Phillips of Zebina St, Broken Hill, NSW and his residence as the same address
7{S0199}, Internet : General. http://www.bells.org.au/gdbtree/HTMLFiles/HTMLFiles_13/Florist_Amelia_GEGG_P8539.html. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.

Compiler of this family history is : John Owen

              

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Updated : 23 Mar 2014