Topic: Gilbert Henry Collins (1918-1941)

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Former Tauranga District High School student Gilbert Henry Collins was reported missing during World War II on 13 December 1941.

Gilbert Henry Collins (1918-1941)Gilbert Henry Collins was born in Ireland on 27 September 1918.

He gained his 6th Standard Certificate from Tauranga District High School.

Gilbert worked as a dry cleaner/presser. He enlisted from 81 Morris Street in Tauranga on 4 July 1940, embarking for Egypt on 7 April 1941.

On 13 December 1941 he was reported missing, believe to be a prisoner of war. Later reports from the Geneva Red Cross confirmed that he had lost his life in the Western Desert on 30 December 1941.

Gilbert is remembered in Tauranga's Memorial Grove, two rows of totara trees located on Fifteenth Avenue which stand as a memorial to 41 former Tauranga District High School students killed during World War II (1939-1945).

Memorial Grove (Tauranga)

 

Sources:

Births, Deaths and Marriages Online (New Zealand).

Cenotaph Record

Reunion leads to hunt for war dead - research by Betty Eaton-Woodcock (Bay of Plenty Times, 25 April 2011, pp. 10-11).

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Gilbert Henry Collins (1918-1941)


Year:1941
Note:Service Number: 62404
First Names:Gilbert Henry
Last Name:Collins
Date of Birth:27 September 1918
Country of birth:Ireland
Date of death:30 November 1941
Place of death:Western Desert, North Africa, Africa
Place of burial:Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya
Occupation:Dry Cleaner/Presser
Fathers name:Joseph Collins
Mothers name:Mary Margretta Collins
Military Service:World War II (1939-1945)