Thomas Joseph COLLINS

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COLLINS, Thomas Joseph

Service Number: 58
Enlisted: 25 March 1916, Bendigo, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 38th Infantry Battalion
Born: Yakandandah, Victoria, August 1897
Home Town: White Hills, Bendigo, Victoria
Schooling: Marist Brothers College
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 13 January 1917
Cemetery: Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, White Hills Arch of Triumph, Victoria
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World War 1 Service

25 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 58, Bendigo, Victoria
20 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 58, 38th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 58, 38th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Runic, Melbourne
13 Jan 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 58, 38th Infantry Battalion

Thomas Joseph Collins

Thomas was born in Yakandandah, near the town of Beechworth in North Eastern Victoria.
He was 18 years old when he enlisted in Bendigo on March 25, 1916. His parents John and Mary Collins had shifted to 163 White Hills road, White Hills a small gold mining hamlet a few miles north of Bendigo. (White Hills Rd no longer exists, however, it would now be known as Napier st.) He was single and his listed occupation was a labourer.
He is enlisted in the 38th Battalion (the Bendigo Battalion)
He embarked on HMAT 54 Runic from Port Melbourne on June 20, 1916 after just 3 months training. Two months later he and the 38th are in Plymouth, England.His casualty form states he is a stretcher bearer.
Three months later on November 21, 1916 Thomas and his battalion leave Southhampton for France and the horrors of the western front. The 38th battalion form part of the AIF third division.
His record states he was killed in Action on January 13, 1917 not even two months after landing in France.
The record states he is re-buried by W. Howes of the 40th battalion on the 24th May, 1917 at the CITE BONJEAN MILITARY CEMETERY near ARMENTIERRS on the French, Belgium border.
Thomas Joseph Collins name is immortalised on the White Hills Botanic Gardens Memorial Arch.

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Biography contributed by Jack Coyne

Thomas was born in Yakandandah, near the town of Beechworth in North Eastern Victoria.

He was 18 years old when he enlisted in Bendigo on March 25, 1916. His parents  John and Mary Collins had shifted to 163 White Hills road, White Hills a small gold mining hamlet a few miles north of Bendigo. (White Hills Rd no longer exists, however, it would now be known as Napier st.) He was single and his listed occupation was a labourer.

He enlisted into the 38th Battalion (the Bendigo Battalion)

He embarked on HMAT Runic from Port Melbourne on June 20, 1916 after just 3 months training. Two months later he and the 38th were in Plymouth, England. His casualty form states he was a stretcher bearer.

Three months later on November 21, 1916 Thomas and his battalion leave Southhampton for France and the horrors of the western front. The 38th Battalion formed part of the AIF third division.

His record states he was killed in Action on January 13, 1917, not even two months after landing in France.

The record states he is re-buried by W. Howes of the 40th battalion on the 24th May, 1917 at the CITE BONJEAN MILITARY CEMETERY near ARMENTIERRS on the French, Belgium border. 

Thomas Joseph Collins' name is immortalised on the White Hills Botanic Gardens Memorial Arch

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