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William CollinsRoyal Engineers Soldier
William Henry Collins was born on 24 September 1894 in Colchester, Essex. He joined the Royal Engineers in 1914 and met Anne Smith in 1916 when he was stationed in Gretna. He married Anne Smith on 7 July 1917 in Southsea. They had 4 girls in Colchester during their marriage. They moved to Beeston, Nottingham where he worked at Wilford Power Station. He died on 26 October 1981 in City Hospital, Nottingham at the age of 87.
This photograph shows William and Anne Collins at around the time of their marriage om 1916 (she was a munitions worker at HM Factory Gretna and he was stationed there with the Royal Engineers).
The photograph below shows the same couple in 1973.
This photograph shows Anne when she worked at HM Factory Gretna, she was about 16 years old at the time.
The photograph below shows Anne in 1989 aged 91.
This photograph shows William in World War One. He joined the Royal Engineers in 1914.
The photograph below shows William in 1973. He worked at Wilford Power Station and died in 1981 aged 87 years.