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- Biography -
- Cornelius Stephen Collins -

Unknown person Name : Cornelius Stephen Collins

Son of Daniel and Ellen Collins; husband of Winifred Enid Collins, of Ledbury, Herefordshire.

Born : 26 December 1896, Clonakilty, Co. Cork.

Married : Winifred Enid Thacker, Ledbury, Herefordshire, (registered Jun qtr 1930); two daughters, Sheila Veronica (born 1931, Gloucester), and Wendy Christine (born 1936, Gloucester).

The family moved to Ventnor in 1937 following Cornelius Collins' discharge from the Royal Navy.
  Electoral roll information :

1938 : [Cornelius] Stephen and Winifred Enid Collins are listed at Noel, St Boniface Road, Ventnor.
  Service Details :

Chief Petty Officer D/J 30396 Cornelius Stephen Collins, Royal Navy, H.M.S. Bramble.

Discharged 1937 after 24 years service; recalled for duty in WW II. Awarded Distinguished Service Medal.
  Casualty Details :

Died : 31 December 1942 aged 45.

Commemorated at : Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon.

CWGC Record
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Ventnor War Memorial
  Documents and Newspaper cuttings :


Friday, February 19, 1943 Page 1

Local Postman's Death on Active Service
Chief Petty Officer C.S. Collins, D.S.M.
It is with much regret that we announce the death on active service of Chief Petty Officer C.S. Collins, of Magdalene, St. Albans Gardens, Ventnor, which occurred when the ship in which he was serving, H.M.S Bramble, was lost through enemy action whilst engaged in a Russian convoy. For several years he was a postman on the outdoor force at the Ventnor Head Office and was a man held in the highest esteem by his colleagues.
Last April we recorded the fact that Mr. Collins had been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal "for encourage, endurance, and devotion to duty while mine-sweeping." He served in submarines during the last war and took part in the Dardanelles Campaign. Of his 24 years' service in the Royal Navy, 18 were spent in submarines. He had seen service in many parts of the world including China and Australian Stations.
Chief Petty Officer Collins married the youngest daughter of Councillor H. Thacker, of 27 High Street, Ledbury, Herefordshire, and in another column will be found an acknowledgment by his widow of sympathy received in her sad loss.

Page 2
MRS. S.C. COLLINS, Magdelene, St. Alban's Gardens, Ventnor, also of 27 High Street, Ledbury, wishes to return sincere thanks for all kind messages and letters received in her sad loss.


Friday, December 31, 1943 Page 2

COLLINS. - C.P.O. Collins, R.N., D.S.M., R.P.W., 1st degree, formerly of Magdalene, St. Albans Gardens, Ventnor, presumed lost at sea, Dec. 31, 1942.
Silent memories treasured ever,
Of happy times we spent together.
God bless.
Also the gallant crew of H.M.S. Bramble. - From his loving wife Bobs and his girlies Sheila and Wendy.
  Links :

H.M.S. Bramble Crew

Biography of Cornelius Stephen Collins

H.M.S. Olympus

H.M.S. Clyde

H.M.S. Bramble

Battle of the Barents Sea

He is commemorated on Ledbury War Memorial :

Ledbury War Memorial

  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for research
  Page status :
Page last updated : 10 February 2015 (added newspaper reports)


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