Frederick Thomas Collett

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Mar 3, 1892

Born in Smethwick, England


Nov 12, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario

Ø      Number 59187 (temporary number 291)

Ø      Next of kin given as William Collett, father, Smethwick, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Sep 15, 1916

After surviving exactly 1 year in the front lines of France, Private Collett was killed in action during the advance on a sugar refinery at Courcelette.  He was buried on a hill near Courcelette and the location was recorded.  However when the war ended, his remains could not be found and he was to be commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France. 

However, after an exhaustive search of the names there, it appears that his name was not engraved on the wall.  The webmaster has contacted the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to inform them of the omission. 

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, William Collett, 48 Edward St., Langley Green, Birmingham, England


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