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Sgt Matthew Collins  Regt # 710
Donated by Sandra Collins

Matthew Collins

Born: Sunday, April 7, 1895

Died: Friday, January 28, 1966

Occupation: Store Owner and Custom Officer

Married: Thursday, January 5,1922

Wife: Mary Mooney

Born: 1893

Died: Monday, June 11,1951

Occupation: Housewife

Grandfathers obituary said he passed away at the Veterans Pavillion in St. John's.

He joined the Royal Newfoundland Regiment early in 1915 and fought with distinction until the end of hostilities in 1918.

He was one of a party of Nfld. soldiers who defended Caribou Hill with great gallantry in Gallipoli in 1915.

On the Western front in 1916 he was cited for bravery in action at Guedecourt, France Oct 12 and decorated with the Military Medal. He was wounded four times.

Before the end of hostilities, he was promoted to Sergeant. Shortly after his return home in 1919 Mr. Collins entered the employ of the Anglo Newfoundland Development Company and worked for some time at Grand Falls.

He later entered the business field and conducted a general store in his native town. Subsequently joining the Newfoundland Customs Department, he worked at Placentia, Botwood and St. John's.

He retired from the Customes in 1941 to work in the supply department at the United States Naval Station at Argentia.

There is a letter congratulating great-grandfather on Grandfather medal from Government House St. John's Newfoundland dated November 9, 1916.

His parents name are Mary and James Collins.

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