Remembered with honour Abbeville Communal Cemetery: Plot III, Row C, Grave 10.
He attested 19 August 1914 in Watford: a sweep aged 29, 5’6½” tall, of Oxhey, Herts. He served at Home 19 August 1914 to 29 May 1915, and in France from 30 May 1915. He was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1914-15 Star medals, his qualifying date being 30 May 1915, and died 11.20pm at No. 2 Stationary Hospital, Abbeville, of gun shot wounds to the chest.
There is a Death announcement for Frederick in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 30 October 1915; plus In Memoriams in the issues dated 28 October 1916, 27 October 1917 and 26 October 1918.
Son of the late Richard and Ann (nee WINGFIELD) COLLINS of Oxhey; husband of Lizzie (nee BROWN) COLLINS of Oxhey.
His parents married by banns 15 July 1872 at All Saints, King’s Langley, Herts. Richard died 1900 in Bushey, Herts, aged 51, and was buried 5 January at St James’, Bushey; Ann died 1913 in Oxhey aged 69, and was buried 22 May, also at St James.
Frederick was born 5 November 1880 in Oxhey, and baptised 9 January 1881 at St Matthew’s, Oxhey. He attended Victoria Boys’ School, Watford, from 10 October 1887 to 7 September 1891. He married by banns 14 September 1912 at St Lawrence’s, Abbot’s Langley, Herts. Lizzie never remarried and died 1986 in the Watford district aged 98.
On the 1881 Census, aged 4 months he lived in Oxhey, with his parents and two siblings. On the 1891 Census, aged 10 he still lived in Oxhey, with his parents and two siblings. On the 1901 Census, a plasterer’s labourer aged 20, he still lived in Oxhey, with his widowed mother and no siblings. On the 1911 Census, a bricklayer’s labourer aged 29, he still lived in Oxhey, with his widowed mother and no siblings.
Date of death23/10/1915
Age at death33
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)