Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS

Henry John COLLINS


Born: 1892

Birth registration: Victorian Births, Deaths & Marriages Registration No. 6290

Birthplace: Melton

Parents: Thomas Henry Collins
Mary Paine
Married in 1891

Died: July, 1978

Place of death: Heidelberg

Burial place: Springvale Cemetery, A.F Alway Lawn, Row W, grave 7, Springvale, Victoria

Awards and Honours

  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal


Divisonal Signal Company, 2 Reinforcements



Regimental Service Number: 17437

Enlistment date: 28 August, 1916 Melbourne

Age at enlistment: 24 years 9 months

Address at enlistment: Melton

Religion: Church of England

Marital Status: Single

Next of kin: Father: Thomas Henry Collins

Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Weight: 154 pounds
Complexion: Fresh
Eyes: Hazel
Hair: Brown
Distinctive marks: Vaccination X3, Scar Right Knee, Scar Over Right Eye

Embarkation ship: HMAT A9 Shropshire.

Rank: Sapper

Return Date: 21 December, 1918

Return Vessel: Mamari.

Arrival at Australia: 5 January, 1919.

Discharge Date: 27 February, 1919

War Service Summary

12/10/1916 - Signal School, A.I.F., Ascot Vale Isolation Camp
11/05/1917 - Left Melbourne
19/07/1917 - Arrived Plymouth, reported to Shefford Signals
12/12/1917 - Transfer, Abberville France Sig Depot
14/12/1917 - Proceeded overseas to France
28/12/1917 - 1st Div. Signal Corps
22/08/1918 - Wounded in Action, Gun Shot Wound leg and arm and right side, severe
24/08/1918 - Invalided to Sutton Veny Military Hospital in England; wounded
23/11/1918 - AWL from 1500 hours
26/11/1918 - Returns from AWL at 1300 hours and forfeits 5 days pay
21/12/1918 - Embarked for Australia
27/02/1918 - Discharged

War Service Commemerated

Life After the War

Names of wife and children:
Married Lily Jane Tanner 1920 Reg. # 14485
Noel Henry (1926-2000)

Place/s of residence:

10 Rose Street Brunswick - address for Victory Medal pickup


Date of death:
July 1978, Heidelberg

Place of burial:
Springvale Cemetery
A.F Alway Lawn, Row W, grave 70

Other relevant information:
Pupil at Melton School from 1899


Australian War Memorial
Nominal Roll
Service Record