John Frank Collins

Sep 3, 1888

Born in Liverpool, England


Oct 23, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59189 (temporary number 165)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Harson, sister, 2 Mona St., Rock Ferry, Cheshire, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Sailor

o   Later noted as Steam Fitter

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Posted to “B” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “A” Company

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


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 to continue training


Jun 16, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for being absent


Jul 27, 1915

John Collins was charged with being absent and misconduct. 

Ø  Forfeited 1 day’s pay plus additional payment for damages

Ø  Pay restricted by ½ for 1 month

Ø  Sentenced to 5 days detention


Sep 1, 1915

Fined $2.00 for drunkenness


Sep 9, 1915

Fined $6.00 for drunkenness and sentenced to 10 days Detention for Misconduct


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Jan 7, 1916

Attached to the 250th Tunneling Company, Royal Engineers for duty


Mar 19, 1916

While with the tunnelling company, he came under heavy shell fire and was buried by the explosion of a nearby shell.  Even though he had minor injuries, he carried on without being evacuated.  He claims to have suffered from buzzing in his ears and being hard of hearing after that incident


Mar 31, 1916

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Hemorrhoids.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 8 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment


Apr 2, 1916

Transferred via the No. 23 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 18 General Hospital in Camiers, France


Apr 27, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Aberdonian


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Abbots Barton Hospital in Canterbury.  He was very nervous on admission and suffered from delusions

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


May 28, 1916

Transferred to the Moore Barracks Hospital in Shorncliffe.  Very nervous and irrational on admission


Jun 8, 1916

Transferred to the Granville Canadian Special Hospital in Ramsgate

Notes on admission

Ø  Suffers from Neurasthenia

Ø  Complains of nervousness, fits and deafness

Ø  Claims to suffer from Epilepsy for the past 10 years since being hit over head with a bottle

Ø  He suffered a fit about 1 month prior to enlistment

Ø  Says he has had five attacks in the past 2 months


Jun 10, 1916

Transferred to Chatham House Convalescent Home


Jul 27, 1916

Granted permission to marry


Aug 7, 1916

Transferred to the Granville Canadian Special Hospital in Ramsgate with a diagnosis that reads Gastritis


Aug 11, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital and reported to the CCAC in Folkestone


Apr 9, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot)


Jun 14, 1917

Medical Board in London notes

Ø  Man has lost about 25 lbs

Ø  He is nervous and weak

Ø  Suffers from dizzy spells and often faints

Ø  Heart sounds are distant and feeble

Ø  Board recommends he be discharged from service with a Gratuity of $75.00


Jun 15, 1917

Admitted to the Ontario Military Hospital in Orpington


Jun 19, 1917

Discharged from hospital

Discharged from the CEF in London, England

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 152 High Road, East Finchley, London, England

His service file indicates that he was never issued with his medal entitlement


Jan 31, 1919

Embarked the SS Tunisian in Liverpool with his wife Margareta and son Dennis



Feb 10, 1919

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and intended to proceed to Kingston, Ontario.  However, it appears that John Collins became ill onboard the ship and remained in Saint John


Feb 15, 1919

Admitted to the Saint John Military Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Pneumonia


Feb 17, 1919

John Frank Collins died of Pneumonia  at 4:40 am while a patient in the Saint John Military Hospital, Saint John, New Brunswick


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