RIFLEMAN /R/11557 2nd BATTALION KING’S ROYAL RIFLE CORPS
DIED 03 NOVEMBER 1915
REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR ALDERSHOT MILITARY CEMETERY
GRAVE REF AF.1929
William was born on 15th January 1891, the eldest surviving child of Charles Henry Collins and Fanny Agnes nee Turner. William was recorded as living at Wycombe Marsh a small hamlet of High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. His father Charles was a farm labourer and his mother worked at a nearby paper mill. In 1901 he is still living at Wycombe Marsh and has three more siblings, Daisy born 1883, Charles Alfred born 1896 and Jack born 1897.
In 1911 the family are still living in the same area at Alma Cottages, Upper Marsh, High Wycombe. His father is still working on a farm and the house was probably a “tied house”.
His mother is no longer working at the mill but William is now working as a mill hand. This was at Hedge Mill, Loudwater. His brother Charles is working as a chair maker and Jack is listed as a farm boy.
Jack emigrated to Canada where he died in 1951. His mother Fanny also died in Canada in 1921.
Two years later William had set up home in nearby Heath End, part of a small hamlet of Flackwell Heath. He married Maud Pym in 1913 with his first child Cyril William being born on 14th December 1913. William died at Connaught Hospital Aldershot after receiving wounds during action at Loos on September 25th. He succumbed to his wounds on November 3rd.
Cyril married Joyce Tubb in 1935.
Maud died in March 1967 aged 70yrs.
William was also remembered on the Hedge Mill Memorial, Loudwater.(Mill no longer in existence.)
On the War Memorial his middle initial is given as “L” but his middle name was John.