James Matthew Collins

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Jul 22, 1889

Born in Gloucester Township, Ontario to Patrick and Sarah (nee Reynolds) Collins


Oct 29, 1913

Married to Annie Dora McBride in the St. Joseph’s Church, Ottawa, Ontario


Jul 31, 1916

Attested into the 207th Battalion in Ottawa, Ontario

Ø      Number 246630

Ø      Next of kin given as Dora Ann Collins, wife, 584 Rideau St., Ottawa, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Conductor – (Farmer)

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

The battalion initially trained at Rockcliffe, Ontario, but in January of 1917 it moved to Amherst, Nova Scotia for additional training.


Jan 8, 1917

After being AWL (Absent Without Leave), he forfeited 3 day’s pay


Jun 2, 1917

Embarked the RMS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Seaford where it was absorbed into the 7th Reserve Battalion.


Sep 12, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Sep 13, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot), Etaples, France as part of a draft of 42 reinforcements from England, and TOS (Taken On Strength) of the 21st Battalion.


Sep 26, 1917

Left the No. 2 CIBD for the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Sep 27, 1917

Joined the CCRC in Villers Au Bois


Oct 18, 1917

Left the CCRC and joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Ourton, France, northwest of Arras.


Nov 3, 1917

16 days after joining the battalion, the men were moved into the front line at Crest Farm, on the Passchendaele front.  The enemy put up a large artillery barrage followed by an attack of crack German storm troopers.

During this attack, Private Collins received shrapnel wounds to his back and legs and was first treated at a field ambulance, but was quickly moved to the No 44 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) where he died of his wounds.

Nine Elms British Cemetery
Poperinghe, Belgium

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Annie D. Collins, 185 Friel St., Ottawa, Ontario.


A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Patrick Collins, 239 Nepean St., Ottawa, Ontario


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