Far from the Front

West Calder and the Great War

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J Collins

West Calder Soldier's Death in Germany


"Information reached West Calder this week that Pte John Collins of the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders has died from wounds in Germany. Pte Collins, who resided at Tenant's March, West Calder, took part in the South African War, and when the present war broke out he rejoined his regiment. It appears he was wounded in action and captured by the Germans, who sent him to one of the prisoner's camps, where he has succumbed to his injuries."


Midlothian Advertiser, March 26, 1915



Note : the only record of a John Collins at the CWGC website or on the Soldiers Died CDROM is of Pte John Collins, 6833, born and enlisted in West Calder, killed in action on 26/8/14 and whose name is recorded in LE CATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY, Nord, France.


Le Cateau Military Cemetery was laid out by the Germans in February, 1916, with separate plots for the British and German dead. It contains the graves of over 5,000 German soldiers, part of whom were buried during the enemy occupation and part concentrated from other German Cemeteries after the Armistice; and 34 Russian prisoners are buried in a separate plot. There are now nearly 700, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in the British section. Of these, over a quarter are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 20 soldiers from the United Kingdom, known or believed to be buried among them. The majority of the graves in Plots I, II, IV and V are those of British dead buried by the Germans, mainly from the battleground of 1914; Plot II contains entirely graves of October and November, 1918, eight of which were brought in after the Armistice. The British Plots are mainly along the North-East wall and cover an area of 2,095 square metres.


Historical information from the CWGC website