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In memory of

Harry Collin

Private 13669, 11th Suffolk Regiment

Died: Sunday 26 August 1917

[Arrington]


Lest We Forget





Born: July 1884 Arrington, Cambridgeshire.
Baptised: 27 June 1884, St Nicholas Parish Church, Arrington.
Enlisted: Cambridge (September 1914).
Died: Sunday 26 August 1917.
How died: Killed in Action at the Third Battle of Ypres [Passchendaele].
Theatre of War: France and Flanders.

Husband of Mrs L.F. Collin of 50 Whitcomb Street, Leicester Square, London.

Note: Many of the official military records (including the CWGC) give the surname as "Collins". I've gone with the Arrington parish records which clearly show his parents and extended family all as "Collin".



Family Background:
Born in Arrington, Harry Collin was the second son of William Grey Collin (1845-1923) of Arrington and Jane Collin, nee Bullen, (1851-1922) of Wimpole. He was brother to Caroline, Ernest, Florence, Fanny, Louisa and Jemima. The 1901 census has the family living at Church End in Arrington with William employed as a Bricklayer and Harry as a Bricklayer's Labourer. In the 1911 Census, Harry is employed as a Domestic Gardener.

Military History:
Harry enlisted in Cambridge in 1914 and subsequently went with the battalion to France on 10th January 1916. He was killed in action at the Third Battle of Ypres (known as Passchendaele) at Malakoff Farm during fighting near Hargicourt on Sunday 26 August 1917.



Grave: plot 1, row B, grave 13.
Cemetery
: Hargicourt British Cemetery, Aisne, France.

Hargicourt is a village about 16 kilometres north-west of St Quentin and about 3 kilometres west of the main road from St Quentin to Cambrai. The cemetery is at the western end of the village.

Hargicourt was occupied by British troops between April 1917, and the 21 March, 1918, and recaptured by Australian troops on the 18 September, 1918. Hargicourt British Cemetery was begun in May, 1917, and used by fighting units until March, 1918; some further burials were made in September and October, 1918, and three British graves were brought in after the Armistice from Hargicourt Communal Cemetery German Extension. It was largely used by the 34th Division, under the name of Hargicourt Quarry Cemetery (derived from the quarry across the railway line).

There are now over 300, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this cemetery. Of these, over 30 are unidentified and a special memorial is erected to a United Kingdom soldier known to be buried among them.


The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial photographed in 2011

The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial pictured in 2011
© Photographed by Lorraine and Keith Bowdler


The servicemen and women are listed under the Parishes of Arrington or Wimpole
as shown on the Cambridgeshire County War Memorial in Ely Cathedral.

Researched by Steve Odell.
Photographs and additional details courtesy of John Bullen.
The War Memorial Project would welcome any further information, photographs or memories of
Harry Collin for this page.
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