COLLINGE, WILLIAM 9986 Guardsman 1st Battalion 1st (Guards) Brigade 1st Division THE SCOTS GUARDS

Born Leyland  Enlisted Preston  Living Leyland

Killed in Action  France / Flanders  25th January 1915

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 5.

Chorley Weekly News 22nd January 1916

Reports the death of the three Leyland Guardsmen who died in Jan. 1915. It describes Pte William Collinge as ‘of Brook Cottage, Bow Lane, Leyland and formerly a stoker at Stannings Bleachworks. He was 21 years of age.’ (précis).

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat. 19th February 1916

In a report of the death of Guardsman Robert Holmes, it is stated that ‘Holmes, along with two other Leyland men – Privates H. Southworth and W. Collinge – occupying the same trench, were blown up by a mine’ (no newspaper account has been found of William Collinge’s death).

William Collinge’s name appears on the following memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

St. Ambrose Memorial, Moss Lane, Leyland

Mural Plaque in St. Ambrose, Leyland

Scots Guards Memorial, Edinburgh Castle

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

William Collinge is buried in the:-

Canadian Cemetery No. 2, Pas de Calais, France

Grave Ref: Plot XII Row F Grave 3. Son of Mr and Mrs A. M. Collinge, brother of Mrs E. McIlwain of Brook Cottage, 19 Bow Lane, Leyland, Lancs.

The cemetery is located at Neuville-St.-Vaast which is a village about 6 km north of Arras and 1 km east of the main road from Arras to Béthune. It is on a spur road about 1 km south of the Canadian Memorial at Vimy. A letter in the possession of Mrs E. Winterbottom, niece, states that William’s battlefield grave was found some years after the war near Auchy-lez-la-Bassée and the remains identified by portions of his kit bearing his regimental particulars. The remains were reburied in the Canadian Cemetery No. 2.

Leyland St. Ambrose’s Baptismal Register

Bapt. 2 March 1894 William son of Luke and Annie Maria Collinge of Leyland born 13th Jan. 1894.

Leyland St. Andrew’s Parish Magazine October 1912

Buried: Luke Collinge aged 56, September 3rd, 1912. (This is the father of George and William Collinge; and the photographer of Leyland whose work left us so many memories of Leyland in the years c.1893 to 1912).

From: Capt. E. A. James ‘Records’.

On the 25th of January, 1915, the 1st Division took part in what became known as the ‘First Action at Givenchy’. This must have been the engagement where William Collinge lost his life together with Robert Holmes and Harold Southworth.

Note:- I visited this cemetery on May 1st, 1999 with my brother, sister and her husband. We were on our way back to Calais after our holiday on the Somme.

Collinge, William. WE Waring  2003