WW1/WW2 Father & Son Medal Group (D.L.I. & R.A. Militia)
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First and Second world war groups to Father and Son. WW1 Trio to 12934 Pte. Edward Collins, 11th. Battalion (pioneers) Durham Light Infantry. Born in Barnsley, a miner/hewer by trade, Edward first served with the 2nd Battalion D.L.I. from 1903-1905. He later enlisted in the 11th. Battalion in Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1914, whilst a resident of Walker. He entered the theatre of war in France 20/7/1915. Whilst serving in D Company 11th. Battalion D.L.I. he was wounded during the German spring offensive. Pte. Collins died of wounds received in action 5/4/1918, aged 46. He is remembered with honour at Etretat churchyard extention. WW2 group awarded to 4436597 Sgt. John James Collins, Royal Artillery (Militia). John was born in Walker in 1904, he enlisted in the Royal Artillery (Militia) on 5/5/1939. He served with the 3rd. Search Light Bty. and was later posted to the 4th. Light Anti Aircraft Regiment on 6/2/1942 and put on Z reserve in 1945. Sgt. Collins was discharge in 1954 and he died in early 1981 in Newcastle Upon Tyne. This family group comes with a copy of Edward Collins WW1 service papers, casualty details and his sons R.A. tracer card and other documents. Both family members can be found on the 1911 census living in the same household in Walker.
8-9 Dans Castle, Tow Law, County Durham, DL13 4AY