PART TWENTY-EIGHT

 

The Faringdon Line

 

This is the third of three sections of the twenty-eighth part of the Collett family

 

Updated March 2017

 

 

28P78

William Henry Collett, who was referred to as Ben, was born at Stratton St Margaret on 11th August 1887, the first child born to William John Collett and his wife Ellen Beams.  As early as 1901, when he was just 13 years of age, he was working as a general labourer.

 

He later married Nelly Base and they lived at Curtis Street in Swindon, where William was a painter foreman with the Great Western Railway. 

 

William Henry Collett died in Swindon on 17th January 1957. 

 

 

 

28Q44

Mabel Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

28Q45

Vera Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

28Q46

William Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

28P79

Ernest George Collett was born at Stratton St Margaret on 20th July 1889, the second son of William John Collett and his wife Ellen Beams.  He later married Ellen Iles who was born at Highworth in 1893. 

 

The marriage took place during 1914 and resulted in the birth of a daughter Ellen later that same year.  Both mother and daughter were referred to within the family as Nelly.

 

Ernest was the first of five brothers to see active service during the conflict.  He was Private 7646 with the 1st Battalion Wiltshire Regiment and died on 12th March 1915 during the Second Battle of Ypres.  His name appears on Panel 53 of the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial.

 

 

 

What is interesting is the fact that the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has the following next-of-kin details for him.  “Ernest George Collett was the husband of E Townsend (formerly Collett) of 3 Gordon Gardens in Swindon”.  An investigation into this has now revealed that it was during 1921 when the widow Ellen Collett married Albert Townsend, and that their son Albert William Townsend was born later that same year.  Ellen Townsend, formerly Collett nee Iles, died on 22nd February 1968, and was followed by her son who passed away in 1983.

 

 

 

Another member of the Townsend family, possibly the niece of the aforementioned Mr Townsend, marriage Albert William James Collett (Ref. 28P111) around 1950.  Ernest George Collett was also listed as the “son of Mr & Mrs W Collett of 13 Page Street of Swindon”.  Page Street was later renamed Beckhampton Street.

 

 

 

28Q47

Ellen May Collett

Born in 1914 at Swindon

 

 

 

 

28P80

John Collett, who was referred to as Jack, was born at Stratton St Margaret on 11th April 1891, the third son of William John Collett and his wife Ellen Beams. 

 

He was Sergeant 8108 with D Company of the 2nd Battalion Wiltshire Regiment.  He enlisted on 8th March 1908 just before his seventeenth birthday and initially saw active service in South Africa and later in Gibraltar. 

 

On 17th February 1915 the regiment left the shores of England and sailed across the English Channel on board the steam ship SS Tinteretto.

 

 

 

As a full-time soldier he never had time to get married, so unlike other soldiers who carried a picture of their wives, John carried a photograph of his mother Ellen, tucked safely inside his army tunic.  On the reverse of the snapshot he secretly charted his and the regiment’s movements across northern France.

 

 

 

The first entry referred to the sea crossing and from there John listed all of the places they visited starting with Boulogne and then Merville where they were on 21st February 1915.  During the next week the troops travelled on a large loop that took them to Saint Omer, Amiens, and Le Havre where they arrived on 28th February, before returning to Boulogne.  Four weeks later, towards the end of March, it would appear that John and his battalion were based at Laventie to the west of Lille, and a month after that they were still entrenched in roughly the same area but at the nearby town of La Gorgue.

 

 

 

In just two weeks, at the end of April, major advances were made towards the Belgium border which took John from La Gorgue through Strazeele and up to Caestre, but by 5th May 1915 they had been sent back to Estaires on the northern outskirts of La Gorgue.  With limited space now on the photograph of his mother, John was unable to add any further dates.

 

 

 

It would appear from the second list of place names that the next phase of the campaign was fought to the south of La Gorgue, since that included Richebourg to the north of Lens, and Albert and Fricourt to the south of Arras.  The penultimate name on the list was Bray(-sur-Somme) to the south of Albert and to the east of Amiens.  The very last entry was Flixecourt about ten miles to the north west of Amiens.

 

 

 

It is very likely that John’s appearance at Fricourt probably coincided with the start of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916.  The Allied line ran north to south crossing the Albert Road at the village of Fricourt.  Initially the village was not directly attacked as it was well fortified.  Instead the Allied forces completely surrounded the village cutting off its supply lines, resulting in its capture by the end of the first day but with a terrible loss of life by the Allied forces.

 

 

 

It was just over two years since his arrival on France soil that John was killed in action on 9th April 1917 during a successful attack on the German held village of Neuville-Vitasse, the village being secured by the British forces that same day but only at the expense of many hundreds of lives.  He was buried at the Neuville-Vitasse Road Cemetery to the east of the village where his grave reference was B13.

 

 

 

The Commonwealth War Grave Commission lists the following details John Collett native of Stratton, Wilts son of William John and Ellen Collett of 13 Page Street, Swindon”.  Page Street was later renamed Beckhampton Street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

28P81

Albert James Collett, who was referred to as Bert, was born at Stratton St Margaret in 1893.  He was the fourth son of William John Collett and his wife Ellen Beams, and he later married Edith Mary Pope. 

 

During WW1 he initially served with the East Kent Regiment “The Buffs” before being transferred as a sapper to the Royal Engineers. 

 

Sometime after the Great War, thought to be between 1920 and 1927 Albert joined forces with his brother Sidney to purchase a smallholding at Elcombe near Wroughton.  That coincided with a move to that village by his parents.

 

 

 

He later worked for the Great Western Railway as a plumber and was living at Ferndale Road in Swindon at the time of his death.

 

 

 

 

28P82

Sidney Collett was born at Stratton St Margaret on 13th April 1895, the fifth son of William John Collett and his wife Ellen Beams.  Upon leaving school Sidney began work in the Rail Mills of the GWR.  At the outbreak of the Great War he joined the Wiltshire Regimen with whom he saw active service and, although he survived, he was badly injured and lost the sight of one eye.  On leaving the army he became a teacher and taught at High Wycombe Grammar School and Eastbourne College.  It was in 1922 that Sidney married Dulcie May Miles, the daughter of Charles Edward and Julie Miles of Islington Street in Swindon.  The marriage produced three children for the couple, the first two born at 20 Perry’s Lane in nearby Wroughton, before the family moved to Broome Manor Lane in Swindon where their last child was born.

 

 

 

Between 1922 and 1927 he and his brother Albert purchased a smallholding at Elcombe, near to where their parents lived.  Two years after the birth of the couple’s last child, Sidney secured the post of a physical education teacher at Cathedral School, then Chafyn Grove School, and lastly Bishop Wordsworth School for Boys, all situated at Salisbury in Wiltshire.  During that time in Salisbury he joined the Home Guard at the outset of the Second World War and achieved the rank of Major.

 

 

 

A few years after the end of the war Sidney retired from teaching and in 1951 he decided to move to Australia where his youngest son Dudley had already settled during the previous year.  His daughter Joan, who was known as Maureen, also went with Sidney and Dulcie, while the couple’s eldest son Ronald remained in England after entering into a marriage against his parents’ wishes.  Sidney, Dulcie and Maureen returned to England during January 1958 after the tragic death of Maureen's husband Harry Saddington, following his involvement in a road traffic accident.  By that time Maureen was the proud mother of two-year old Timothy Saddington.

 

 

 

Three years later, in 1961, Dulcie, together with Maureen and Timothy, returned to Australia, while Sidney made the same journey during the following year.  It was just two years after his return to Australia that Sidney Collett died in Adelaide in 1964.  During the following years Dulcie suffered a stroke and in 1969 she and her daughter decided to return to Great Britain, where they set up home together in the north-east of England.  Dulcie and Maureen were still living in North Shields during 1975 when Dulcie May Collett nee Miles passed away, the informant of her death being her eldest son Ronald Collett.  However, there seems to have been no reconciliation between mother and son prior to her passing since nothing from either of his parents was passed on to Ronald, not even a photograph.

 

 

 

28Q48

Ronald Graham Miles Collett

Born in 1924 at Wroughton, nr Swindon

 

28Q49

Dudley Sidney Gerald Collett

Born in 1927 at Wroughton, nr Swindon

 

28Q50

Joan Maureen Collett

Born in 1930 at Swindon

 

 

 

 

28P83

Nelson Collett was born at Stratton St Margaret on 6th March 1897, the sixth son of William John Collett and his wife Ellen Beams. 

 

Like his four older brothers before him Nelson saw action during WW1.  He joined the Wiltshire Regiment at the outbreak of war as an under-aged soldier.  He was transferred to the Norfolk Regiment and eventually joined The Royal Army Medical Corps, from which he was discharged at the end of the conflict. 

 

He was gassed early in the war and later caught meningitis and was hospitalised. 

 

 

 

It was whilst in hospital that he met his future wife nurse Mary Duerden who, for many years, had lived at Bibury Road in Swindon.  After the war Nelson married Lancashire born Mary Duerden on 28th November 1918 at Nelson near Burnley but lived in Swindon, where their children were born.

 

 

 

A little later the couple and their children moved into a thatched cottage at Overtown Hill in Wroughton.  That was a tied house and as Nelson did not work on the farm he was taken to court and presented with an eviction order.  His wife Mary, being an outspoken Lancastrian, had to be evicted from the courtroom for protesting that “this was supposed to be a country for heroes and this is how you treat them”.  Nelson Collett died on 6th October 1955 and his wife Mary died during 1970.

 

 

 

At the time of his death Nelson and his wife were residing at 7 Bibury Road in Swindon, although he was a patient at the St Margaret’s Hospital in Stratton St Margaret on the day that he passed away.  The administration of his personal effects was dealt with at Winchester on 1st December 1955 when the widow Emily Collett was named as the executor of his estate of £820 8 Shillings 4d.  This raises the question, was Emily his wife’s known name, since they were two Mary Duerdens born within the Burnley area who would have been the right age.

 

 

 

The first of them was Mary Alice Duerden who was born at Nelson in 1898 and who was living there with her mother Georgina Duerden, a cotton weaver, and her four siblings in 1911 when she was 12 years old.  The second was Mary Duerden who was born in 1897, the same year that Nelson was born.

 

 

 

28Q51

Ellen Collett

Born in 1919 at Swindon

 

28Q52

Kathleen Elizabeth Winifred Collett

Born in 1921 at Swindon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28P84

Laura Ellen Collett was born at Stratton St Margaret in the Rural District of Highworth on 18th January 1901 and was one half of a set of twins that survived beyond the day of their birth.

 

She married Victor William Cann in 1920 and they had two children Jack and Ray Cann.

 

The photograph to the right has been extracted from a larger family group picture, resulting in a loss of definition.  Laura Ellen Cann nee Collett died in 1989.

 

 

 

 

 

Victor Cann was born at Probus in Cornwall in 1898 and at the outbreak of war he was living with his parents Richard and Lillian Cann at Avening Street in Swindon.  In order to join his older brother Richard in the fight for King and Country, Victor lied about his age when he was enlisted into the army.  However, unlike his brother, Victor survived the First World War and was still young enough to take part in the Second World War.  Sadly his brother Richard Cann was tragically killed in June 1915 whilst serving with the 1st Battalion Wiltshire Regiment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28P85

Sarah Collett was born at Stratton St Margaret on 18th January 1901 and was the twin sister of Laura (above).  Tragically she did not survive the birth and died that same day.  Sarah would have been the eighth child of William and Ellen Collett.  Following her death her family then moved into Swindon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

28P86

FRANK COLLETT, known as Curly, was born at Swindon on 28th November 1903, the ninth child of William John Collett and his wife Ellen Beams. 

 

He was a keen footballer and played for Wroughton and gained an amateur international cap in 1926 playing for the English Railways team against the equivalent team from France. 

 

He was a member of St John’s Ambulance Service for many years and lost the sight in one eye as a result of an accident at the GWR foundry in Swindon.

 

 

 

 

 

He met his future wife (right) when the family moved to Elcombe near Wroughton sometime in the early 1920s and his brother Nelson lived in the thatched cottage on Overtown Hill in Wroughton right next door to the future Mrs Collett.

 

It was as a result of his visits to Nelson’s house that Frank met and eventually married Margaret Alice Elliott on 24th December 1927 at Wroughton.  Margaret was the daughter of farm worker Edward Elliott and Mary Ovens and was born at Wroughton in 1905 and who lived at Overtown Hill in Wroughton. 

 

 

 

 

 

Frank and Margaret’s first two children were born at Wroughton before the family moved back to Frank’s home town of Swindon during 1936, where their third child was born.  Frank Collett died at Swindon on 5th October 1973.

 

 

 

 

 

28Q53

Anthony Roy Collett

Born in 1928 at Wroughton

 

 

28Q54

Pamela Joy Collett

Born in 1934 at Wroughton

 

 

28Q55

ROBERT JOHN COLLETT

Born in 1937 at Swindon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28P87

Alfred Collett was born at Swindon on 10th June 1905 where he was a cooper and general bricklayer. 

 

He married Beatrice Willoughby in the early to middle 1930s and the marriage produced one daughter.

 

Alfred Collett died on 1st July 1960 at Swindon.

 

 

 

 

 

28Q56

Marion Collett

Born in 1936 at Swindon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28P88

Elizabeth Ann Collett was born at Swindon on 30th June 1906, the twin sister of Mary Jane (below).  It was just two days later that she died 2nd July 1906, when she was survived by her twin sister for just two more days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

28P89

Mary Jane Collett was born at Swindon on 30th June 1906, the second of the two children born on that day.  She survived her twin sister by two days when she passed away on 4th July 1906.

 

 

 

 

 

 

28P90

Kate Collett was born at Swindon on 16th November 1910, and was the youngest of the thirteen children of William John Collett and his wife Ellen Beams.  She was four months old in the Swindon census of 1911.

 

She was in service at Lechlade when she met and married Charles Stephen Willis on 10th October 1931.  Following the wedding, the couple moved into a house in Lechlade built by Charles grandfather who was a master builder. 

 

Following the birth of their only son, the family later moved to Beckhampton Street in Swindon, then to Johns Street Terrace and lastly to Victoria Road.  Kate Willis nee Collett died on 21st December 2004 at Swindon.

 

 

 

 

 

Their son later married Margaret Jean Collett (Ref. 1R33) whose origins are detailed in Part One – The Main Line.

 

 

 

 

 

28Q57

John Willis

Born around 1934

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28P91

Florence May Collett was born at Stratton St Margaret on 10th November 1897, the birth being registered in Swindon.  At the time of the census of 1901 Florence May was three years old and was living with her parents Tom A Collett and Florence A Collett at St Phillips Road in Stratton St Margaret where she was presumably born.  Curiously though she was not with them ten years later, after the family had moved into Swindon.  Instead, by that time Florence had left school and was already working in domestic service at the home of John and Ellen Harman at Hyde Road in the Blunsdon area of Swindon to the north of Stratton St Margaret.  Florence Collett from Stratton was 13 and the only general servant employed by the family, which included seven month of Amy Ellen Jane Harman.

 

 

 

 

 

Seven years later Florence May Collett married Alfred William Heard at Swindon on 18th August 1918.  Alfred was the son of Walter Heard and Emily Moxham and was born at Swindon on 2nd October 1898.  Shortly after they were married the couple emigrated to Canada and their four children were all born at Aurora in Ontario.  The eldest daughter, who was born on 19th December 1919, died at Edmonton in Alberta in 2005, while their only son and youngest member of the family died at Aurora in 1997. 

 

 

 

 

 

Florence may have been the first member of the family to make the move to Canada as she and her husband were followed by her parents Tom and Florence Collett and her brothers Charles Alfred, Stanley and Edward (below).  Only her sisters Winifred Dora and Alice (below) did not accompany the family across the Atlantic.  Winifred stayed in England as she was betrothed to be married, while Alice was sent to live with her uncle Tom Collett in South Africa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28P92

Winifred Dora Collett was born at Swindon on 29th December 1899.  She married Harry F Parsons on 7th July 1924, the son of Alfred Parsons and Annie Booker.  Harry was born in 1894 at Angmering near Littlehampton in Sussex.  They coupled lived at Brighton in Sussex where their three children were born, the youngest of which died in the same year she was born.  It was also at Brighton where both Harry and Winifred passed away many years later.  Harry Parsons of 65 Arnold Street in Brighton died on 18th July 1954 while he was a patient at The General Hospital in Brighton.  Administration of his personal effects amounting to £1,075 0 Shillings 8d was granted to Winifred Dora Parsons, his widow, on 31st August 1954.  Winifred survived her husband by just under fourteen years, when the death of Winifred D Parsons nee Collett aged 67 was recorded at Brighton register office (Ref. 5h 255) during the first three months of 1968.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28P93

Charles Alfred Collett was born at Stratton St Margaret on 11th July 1902.  He married Phyllis Lily Gorton on 19th January 1924 at Swindon.  She was the daughter of Edwin Gorton and Kate Hall and was born on 11th September 1901 at Brockley near Greenwich in London.  At sometime in the four years following their marriage the couple emigrated to Canada where their daughter was born.

 

 

 

 

 

28Q58

Phyllis May Collett

Born on 18.06.1928 in Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28P94

Alice Primrose Collett was born at Swindon on 19th April 1905.  When, in the early 1920s, the majority of her family emigrated to Canada, Alice was sent to live in South Africa under the parental control of her father’s brother Cecil Albert John (Jack) Collett (Ref. 28O73). 

 

The eldest daughter of the family, Alice’s sister Florence May Collett (above) who was born in 1897, was supposed to be the one to go to live in South Africa, but she refused.  Alice, who was only 16 at the time, was ‘sold’ by her uncle Jack to an Italian for £500, this to provide the family with the funds to sail to Canada.

 

However, upon her arrival in South Africa, Alice refused to have anything to do with the Italian gentleman. 

 

 

 

 

 

As a result of her action, she was made to live in a wooden hut right next door to her uncle’s house at Pietermaritzberg in Natal where she worked as a maid in his household.  It was only with the help of the police that she managed to escape this dreadful life style.

 

 

 

 

 

Five years later, in 1926, she met and married James Christopher Llewellyn Brayshaw.  He was the son of an Australian father who settled in Africa in 1896 and a South African mother whose forefathers had settled in the 1850s.  As James was a member of the municipal police, the couple initially lived in police quarters at Mountain Rise Police Station, a suburb of Pietermaritzburg which was the birth place for their three children.  The municipal police force was later incorporated into the South African Police Force.  The three children were Austin Llewellyn Brayshaw born in 1928, Audrey Brayshaw born in 1930, and Daphne Yvonne Brayshaw born in 1935.

 

 

 

 

 

Due to a shortage of men at the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, Sergeant Brayshaw was placed in command of the Mountain Rise Police Station.  During the war James was seconded to work in Johannesburg with the radio controlled flying squad, and in 1945 Alice and the children made the move to join him there.  Prior to this move, Alice did sterling work helping to entertain the wounded soldiers that were being treated at a nearby hospital in Pietermaritzburg.

 

 

 

 

 

Tragically Alice’s and James’ daughter Audrey who suffered with an illness akin to autism was confined to an institution after the family moved to Johannesburg, and it was there only a few months later in late 1945 or early 1946 that she died.

 

 

 

 

 

A second tragedy hit the family less than two years later when Alice died at Johannesburg on 24th November 1947 from cancer.  She was buried at West Park Cemetery where James was buried following his death in June 1977 from lung cancer.

 

 

 

 

 

Alice’s and James’ son Austin Llewellyn Brayshaw married Ethel in 1948 and they had two daughters Kathy born at Durban in 1953 and Cindy born in 1957.  Austin died from a heart condition in August 1988 while his wife died in 2003.  Eldest daughter Kathy married in 1976 and had two children (Garreth born in 1977 and Grant born in 1979) but was later divorced. 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2007 Kathy Belcher was living at Rail Street in Florida, Roodepoort near Johannesburg and it is thanks to her that this detailed account of her grandmother’s life can be told.  Kathy’s sister Cindy married in 1980 and had three children Aubrey born in 1981, Marian born in 1985 and Shaun born in 1989.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28P95

Stanley Herbert Collett was born at Swindon on 7th March 1907.  He married Emily, Elsie as she was known, Sadler on 1st July 1931 at Aurora in Ontario.  Elsie was also born at Swindon on 21st March 1909.  Stanley and Elsie probably lived life most of their married life at Aurora where their only son, a honeymoon baby, was born.  However, following the death of Stanley at Acton in Ontario on 1st April 1972 it would appear that Elsie returned to live in England as she died at Swindon in 1984.

 

 

 

 

 

28Q59

Herbert John Collett

Born on 20.04.1932 at Aurora

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28P96

Edward Thomas Collett, who was known as Ted, was born at Swindon on 5th September 1909 and accompanied his parents when they emigrated to Canada.  It was there on 2nd February 1933 that he married (1) Olive Foster, who was born at Aurora on 11th September 1915, and together they had two children.  Whatever the circumstance, and it certainly was not the death of Olive - who lived until 2000, Edward had a third child in 1951 but with Mary Elizabeth Humphrey who was twenty years his junior, having been born on 15th February 1929.  He eventually married (2) Mary on 7th March 1952 when their son Donald was just a week over one year old.  During the year between the birth of the child and their marriage, it seems more than likely that Edward sought and secured a divorce from his first wife Olive. 

 

 

 

 

 

Edward Thomas Collett died on 19th September 1995 at Newmarket in Ontario.  His widow Mary Elizabeth Collett nee Humphrey died seventeen years later at the Bradford Valley Long Term Care Centre in Newmarket on Sunday 12th August 2012 at the age of 82.  The details of her passing were published in The Toronto Star on 14th August, as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

COLLETT, Mary.  Peacefully passed away at Bradford Valley Long Term Care on Sunday, August 12th 2012 Mary Collett of Newmarket at 82 years of age.  Beloved wife of the late Ted Collett. Dear mother of Donald Collett (Theresa Buck). Dear grandmother of Patti Chappell, Jenny Todd and Rory Collett. Dear sister of late Barbara (late Murray) Judge, James (Lorraine) Humphrey and Donald (Barbara) Humphrey. Mary will be lovingly remembered by her great- grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at Skwarchuk Funeral Home, 30 Simcoe Rd., Bradford (1-800-209-4803) for visitation on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 from 10 a.m. until the time of a funeral service in the Chapel at 11 a.m. Interment Aurora Cemetery, Donations to the Cardiac Unit at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket would be appreciated

 

 

 

 

 

28Q60

Jeanne Collett

Born on 16.09.1933 in Canada

 

 

28Q61

Edward Collett

Born on 16.10.1940 in Canada

 

 

The following is the only child of Edward and his second wife Mary:

 

 

28Q62

Donald Collett

Born on 28.02.1951 in Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28P97

Elizabeth Collett was born at Swindon in 1898, the year after her parents were married.  Not long after she was born her parents left Swindon and moved to the outskirts of the town where they settled in Stratton St Margaret.  And it was there that they were living in March 1901, when Elizabeth was two years old.  Around two or three years later her father was offered work on a farm, at which time the family moved the very short distance to Stanton Fitzwarren.

 

 

 

 

 

By the time of the census in April 1911 the family was still living at Stanton where Elizabeth was referred to as Lizzie Collett aged twelve who was attending the village school.  Elizabeth later married Sidney Cove who was born at Highworth in 1889 and who, at the time of his death a few years later, was working for the Great Western Railway.  The marriage produced two daughters for Elizabeth and Sidney.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28P98

Frederick Collett was born during 1900 at Stratton St Margaret shortly after his parents, Frederick Collett and Maud Maria Sims, moved there from Swindon.  He was the second child born to the couple and in the census of 1901 he was recorded as being under one year old.  Sometime between 1903 and 1904 his family made the move to nearby Stanton Fitzwarren where they were still living in 1911 when Fred Collett was ten years old.  Nothing much more is currently known about him, except that his father died at Swindon in 1948 and upon the death of his mother during the summer of 1955 it was her eldest son Fred who was named as one of the two executors of her Will.  The address at which she died was 53 Francis Street at Stratford in London which, it is assumed, was the home of her son Fred, since the other executor was her younger son Albert Collett (below) from Swindon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28P99

William Collett was born at Stratton St Margaret in the latter end of 1901.  Ten years later, as Willie Collett aged nine years, he was living with his family in the village of Stanton Fitzwarren.  He later worked for the Great Western Railway in the maintenance department in South Wales.  It is not known if he married, or if he had any children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28P100

Anne Collett was born at Stratton St Margaret in 1903.  Not long after she was born her family left Stratton and moved to Stanton Fitzwarren where they were living in 1911.  In the census that year Anne was listed as Annie Collett who was seven.  She later married Stanley Edwin Hobbs who was born at Highworth in 1898.  The couple had one son and, at the time of his death, Stanley was a boiler-maker with the Great Western Railway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28P101

Lillian Collett was born at Stanton Fitzwarren near Highworth in 1904 and was still living there with her family in 1911 when she was referred to as Lily Collett age six.  She married William Shergold who was born at Swindon in 1903 and with whom she had one son.  At the time of his death, William was a sign-writer with the Great Western Railway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28P102

Albert Collett was born at Stanton Fitzwarren in 1907 and was three years old in 1911 when living at Stanton Fitzwarren with his family.  He married Dorothy Florence Plumb in 1930, who had been born on 1st January 1909, and within the first two years of the marriage the couple were blessed with twin boys.  Albert Collett was employed by the Great Western Railway with whom he was a railway shunter in the summer of 1955 when he was named as one of the two executors of his widowed mother’s Will, his father having died nearly seven years earlier.  Dorothy Florence M Collett was 82 when her death was recorded at Swindon register office (Ref. 23 2696) in March 1991.

 

 

 

 

28Q63

Gordon Collett                twin

Born in 1932 at Swindon

 

 

28Q64

Raymond Collett             twin

Born in 1932 at Swindon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28P103

James Collett was born at Stanton Fitzwarren in November 1910 and was living there with his family in April 1911 at the age of five months.  All that is known about James is that he was later employed as a coalman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28P104

Ernest John Collett was very likely born at Stanton Fitzwarren after 1911 since he was not listed with his family in the census for that year.  It is not known if he married or had any children, but it is known that he was a butcher by trade.  Previous information incorrectly placed his date of birth around 1908, which may have referred to an earlier sibling of that name who did not survive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28P105

Elsie Ann Collett was also very likely born at Stanton Fitzwarren, possibly around 1913, as she too was not with the family in 1911.  However, it is established that she married Jack who was a wagon builder with the Great Western Railway.  Previous information placed her date of birth around 1910.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28P106

John Collett, who was referred to as Jack, was born at Swindon on 8th January 1915, the son of Frederick ‘Sonny’ Collett and his wife Maud Maria Sims.  His birth was recorded at Swindon register office (Ref. 5a 50) when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Sims.  He married Winifred Huddy who was also born at Swindon on 15th November 1915.  John worked for Plessey in Swindon where he was an oilman.

 

 

 

 

 

28Q65

Anthony Collett

Born on 15.08.1933 at Swindon

 

 

28Q66

Ivan Collett

Born on 17.08.1934 at Swindon

 

 

28Q67

Trevor Collett

Born on 24.08.1936 at Swindon

 

 

28Q68

Melvyn Collett

Born in 1941 at Swindon

 

 

28Q69

Glenn Collett

Born in 1945 at Swindon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28P107

Edward Charles Collett, who was referred to as Charlie, was born at Swindon on 3rd August 1917.  He married Marjorie Woods who was born in London on 4th July 1918.  All of their children were born at Swindon.  When Edward died his occupation was recorded as that of a machinist, although at sometime during his working life he had been a GWR engine driver.

 

 

 

 

 

28Q70

Paul Collett

Born on 23.09.1942 at Swindon

 

 

28Q71

Stephen Collett

Born on 16.01.1944 at Swindon

 

 

28Q72

Philip Collett

Born on 28.01.1945 at Swindon

 

 

28Q73

Vivian Collett

Born on 03.08.1947 at Swindon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28P108

Leonard Stanley Collett was born at Swindon in 1922.  At the age of twenty he was killed in action during the Second World War.  He was Able Seaman C/JX312786 attached to the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Blean which was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-443 on 11th December 1942 west of Oran.  The vessel had only been launch on 15th January that same year.  The Commonwealth War Graves Commission acknowledges that he was Leonard Stanley Collett the son of Fred and Maud Collett of Gorse Hill in Swindon.  His name is included amongst those listed on the Chatham Naval Memorial. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28P109

Catherine Winifred Louise Collett was born at Pietermaritzburg in Natal, South Africa on 6th October 1912 where she married (1) George Leslie Neaves of that town around 1932.  George died in 1958 at Pietermaritzburg and Catherine later married (2) Frederick James Ashington who was born at Butterworth in the Cape Province.  Frederick died in 1970.  The first married produced two daughters born in 1932 and 1934 both at Pietermaritzburg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28P110

Florence Ann Collett was born at Stratton St Margaret on 24th February 1908 and was two years old in the Stratton census of 1911.  She later married Alfred Henry Davis and the marriage produced two sons and two daughters for Florence and Alfred.  In February 1952 Florence Ann Davis and her brother Albert (below) were the executors of their father’s Will, when she was described as the wife of Alfred Henry Davis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28P111

Albert William James Collett was born at Swindon on 13th February 1922.  He married Moira Ellen Townsend around 1950, just prior to the deaths of both of his parents.  Moira was born on 8th September 1923 and was the daughter of dairy proprietor Stanley James Townsend (born 19th June 1896, died 1975) and Charlotte Griffiths who died in 1966.  What is of interest is that the widow of Ernest George Collett (Ref. 28P79) remarried to become Mrs Townsend.  Upon confirmation of his death after WW1 he was registered as the husband of E Townsend formerly Collett.  It therefore seems highly likely that Moira Ellen, the wife of Albert Collett, would have been a relative of Mrs E Townsend, perhaps her niece.

 

 

 

 

 

Albert was a machinist with the GWR and later with the Metal Box Company, before becoming a Quality Control Inspector with Rank Xerox.  During her working life Moira was a shorthand typist with solicitors Lemon & Co. and retailers Morses Ltd., and later a secretary with the Science Research Council.  It was as Albert William James Collett, a metal machinist, that he was named with his married sister Florence (above) as the executors of his father’s Will in February 1952, his father residing at 21 The Circle in Pinehurst before being admitted into St Margaret’s Hospital in Stratton St Margaret where he died on 15th December the previous year.

 

 

 

 

 

28Q74

Nigel Anthony Collett

Born on 20.10.1952 at Swindon

 

 

28Q75

Gavin James Collett

Born on 15.03.1955 at Swindon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Q1

Ellen Elizabeth Collett, who was known as Nellie, was born at Heston in Middlesex on 17th February 1901 with the birth being registered at Southall.  And it was at Heston where she was living with her parents John and Annie Collett at the time of the census of 1901 when she was just six weeks old.  Ten years after, in April 1911, Ellen and her family were living at Norwood when she was confirmed as being ten years old and her place of birth having been Heston.

 

 

 

 

On leaving school Ellen originally took up employment as a coil worker at a local factory.  It was during this time in her life that she regularly attended the Salvation Army meetings with her parents where, in 1916, she took a serious calling and became a junior member.

 

 

 

 

 

Ellen entered the Salvation Army training college on the 19th August 1921 and was commissioned as a Lieutenant on the 18th May 1922.  Her first postings were to Norfolk, initially based at Blakeney, and then at Burnham Market.  Further postings followed, the first of these being to Terrington in Yorkshire where she was promoted to Captain on Christmas Eve in 1925.  After Terrington she moved to Sheffield.

 

 

 

 

 

The next year saw Ellen embark on the journey that would cover thirty-three years service in India.  She arrived at Madras in India on the 2nd November 1926 where she assisted in the Women’s Industrial (Rescue) Home.  As a result of her work there, she was rewarded with promotion to Ensign in 1929, and to Adjutant in 1932.

 

 

 

 

 

After her first brief home leave in 1933, Ellen returned to the Rescue Home and was promoted to Major on the 19th June 1937, taking commander-in-charge during the following year.  At the outbreak of the Second World War she returned to England for another brief leave and it was during this time that she was appointed to the Eventide Home at St Leonard’s where she provided spiritual, physical and emotional support to the residents.

 

 

 

 

 

Ellen was then posted to the Overseas Department at Strensall in Yorkshire during the February of 1942 where Ellen served at the ‘Red Shield’ providing facilities to the armed services akin to the NAFFI, although without the alcohol.  Further Red Shield duties followed on her return to Madras in June 1944.

 

 

 

 

 

August 1944 saw Ellen’s appointment to the Women’s Industrial Home in Madras as Superintendent Brigadier where she was to serve for the next fifteen years, except that is for two periods of brief home leave in 1949 and 1954.  In her role as Superintendent Brigadier, Ellen was in charge of fifty-five women until her return to England on the 25th July 1959

 

 

 

 

 

Brigadier Ellen Collett retired on the 21st December 1959 and settled with her sister Annie Mahaila Collett, known as Nance (below) in Southall.  Still an active individual even after her retirement, Ellen undertook a number of responsibilities as the Home League Secretary, and represented the Salvation Army on the Local Council of Churches

 

 

 

 

 

Ellen was known to be an exquisite needle-worker who taught her skills at sewing classes for Asian women.  Although basically shy by nature, whilst serving in Madras she could often be found at the quayside offering her beautiful work for sale.  The money raised from such sales was used to help others (see footnote).  She was fluent in Tamil and Telugu and was a regular correspondent on the BBC Radio programme ‘Thought For The Day’ until her passing on 13th July 1970.

 

 

 

 

 

This insight into a remarkable lady was kindly provided by Dave Considine who, at his own christening in 1963, was draped in a silk and muslin hand-woven christening gown that was made by his great aunt Ellen Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Q2

Annie Mahaila Collett, who was known within the family as Nancy and Great Aunt Nance, was born at Heston in 1902, the daughter of John Wheeler Collett and his wife Annie Elizabeth Tubb.

 

By 1911 she and her family had left Heston and were living at Norwood, near to where her father was born.

 

She later married Arthur Bradbury who was born in 1900 and who came from a family of shepherds in Shabbingdon in Buckinghamshire.

Photograph kindly supplied by Dave Considine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Q3

Eric John Collett was born in 1904, the son of John Wheeler Collett and Annie Elizabeth Tubb.  It was originally thought that he had been born at Southall, but the census of 1911 revealed it was at Heston, where three of his siblings were also born.  It is very likely that the birth was registered at Southall.

 

In the 1911 census Eric was listed as living with his family at Norwood when he was six years old.  However, it was at Southall that he later married Winifred May Macklin who was also born there in 1907.  And it was there also, that all nine of their children were born.

Photograph kindly supplied by Dave Considine.

 

 

 

 

 

Eric was also a keen footballer, like his brother Frank (below).  He had a trial as a goalkeeper with Brentford Football Club, following which he was offered a contract but declined because the salary did not cover his bills.  Eric John Collett was the grandfather of David Considine who has been of immense help over a number of years in providing details for this family line.

 

 

 

 

 

28R1

Dennis Collett

Born in 1927 at Southall

 

 

28R2

Eric John Collett

Born in 1929 at Southall

 

 

28R3

Alan Collett

Born in 1931 at Southall

 

 

28R4

Sheila Collett

Born in 1934 at Southall

 

 

28R5

Pauline Collett

Born in 1937 at Southall

 

 

28R6

Ann Collett

Born in 1939 at Southall

 

 

28R7

Mary Collett

Born in 1941 at Southall

 

 

28R8

Marian Collett

Born in 1945 at Southall

 

 

28R9

Wendy Collett

Born in 1946 at Southall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Q4

Margarita Collett was born at Heston in 1907.  Initially in her life she was referred to as Maggie, but that later changed to Rita, and she was known within the family as Great Aunt Rita.  By April 1911 she was four years old and was living at Norwood with her family.  The census confirmed that she had been born at nearby Heston.  She later married and had a daughter Cynthia who was living in France at the start of the 21st Century.

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Q5

John Lionel Collett was born in 1909, the son of John Wheeler Collett and Annie Elizabeth Tubb.  Like his brother Eric (above), it was thought that he had been born at Southall.  However, the census of 1911 stated that he had been born at nearby Heston, and that he was aged one year when living at Norwood with his family.

 

John married Mary Ellen Lancaster on 23rd September 1933 at St John’s in Southall prior to emigrating to Australia with his younger brother Francis (below).  Mary Ellen was known within the family as Great Aunt Mel and she and John had a son Peter Collett who was last heard of living in America.

Wedding Day photograph supplied by Dave Considine.

 

 

 

 

 

28R10

Peter Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Q6

Francis Wheeler Collett, who was known as Frank and later as Uncle Frank, was born at Southall in 1912, although this may have been at Norwood where his family was living in April 1911.  It is more likely that the birth was registered at Southall where, as a young man around twenty years of age, he played for Southall Town Football Club.  It was after 1930 that Francis Wheeler Collett emigrated to Australia with his older brother John (above).  A little while later he became a married man, although the marriage did not produce any children for the couple. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Q7

Clarence Lindon Collett was born in Australia, most likely in Victoria, where his parents were married in 1912.  He was the eldest of the two children of Norman Thomson Collett and Bernice Estelle Zillah Nelson and was most probably born around the start of the First World War.  What is known for sure is that he married Edith Vera Piggott during 1943 at Goulburn in New South Wales (Ref. 16266).

 

 

 

 

28Q9

Rupert Raymond Irving was born at Korumburra in Victoria on 13th March 1918 and he married Ruby Doris Martin who died in 2001.

 

 

 

 

28R11

Heather Elizabeth Irving

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

 

28Q11

Nancy Evelyn Collett was born to Wilfred Herbert Collett and Marion Graham Richardson on 25th July 1931.  She married (1) Mr Clark with whom she had one child before later marrying (2) Mr Dennis.  All three of them, plus the Clark child, were still alive in 2007.

 

 

 

 

28Q12

John Douglas Collett was born to Wilfred Herbert Collett and Marion Graham Richardson on 4th January 1934 at Pendle Hill in New South Wales.  He married a Miss Jacobs and the marriage produced four children for the couple.  All the members of this family were alive in 2007.

 

 

 

 

28R12

Victor Robert Collett

Born on 11.05.1968 at Tamworth, NSW

 

 

28R13

a daughter Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

28R14

Ian Milton Collett

Born on 07.11.1972 at Tamworth, NSW

 

 

28R15

another Collett child

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

 

28Q15

John Thomas Collett was born to Neville Thomas Collett and Ida Duncan after 1926.  He later married into the Wilson family and the marriage produced three children for the couple.  All of the members of this family were alive in 2007.

 

 

 

 

28R16

Gary John Collett

Born on 29.12.1950 in Australia

 

 

28R17

Terry Noel Collett

Born on 13.12.1954 in Australia

 

 

28R18

Judith Fay Collett

Born on 19.10.1961 in Australia

 

 

 

 

 

28Q16

Noel Louis Collett was born to Neville Thomas Collett and Ida Duncan in the late 1920s or early 1930s.  He later married a member of the Wilson family, who was possibly his sister-in-law and the sister of his own brother’s wife (above).  The marriage produced two children for the couple, and all of the members of the family were alive in 2007.

 

 

 

 

28R19

Lawrence Noel Collett

Born on 16.02.1951 in Australia

 

 

28R20

Lindsay John Collett

Born on 18.03.1953 in Australia

 

 

 

 

 

28Q18

Adrian Neville Collett was born to Eric Alexander Miller Collett and Gladys Elizabeth Matthews on 12th July 1937 at Wee Waa in New South Wales.  He married a Miss Grant and together they had two children.  All of the members of the family were still alive in 2007.

 

 

 

 

28R21

Debbie-Anne Collett

Born on 30.05.1962 at Wee Waa, NSW

 

 

28R22

a son Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

 

28Q19

Irwin Lindsay Collett was born to Eric Alexander Miller Collett and Gladys Elizabeth Matthews on 14th July 1940 at Wee Waa in New South Wales.  He married a Miss Bellano and together they had two children.  All the members of the family were alive in 2007.

 

 

 

 

28R23

a Collett child

Date of birth unknown

 

 

28R24

another Collett child

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

 

28Q20

Anthea June Collett was the only known child of Trevor David Collett and his wife Olga Muriel Wiles.  She was born at Kokopo in Papua New Guinea where her father worked at a saw-mill at the time of the invasion by the Japanese forces.  It must be assumed that Anthea and her mother were alerted to the dangers that lay ahead, and had left the islands before the Japanese landed at the start of 1942. 

 

 

 

Despite many unsuccessful attempts to escape from their captors, her father was eventually taken prisoner and was placed on a ship with others to be transported to a prisoner-of-war camp.  However, the ship was sunk by a United States submarine, resulting in a massive loss of life through drowning.  Anthea later married to become Anthea June Hughes, and she and her husband had four children, with all six members of the family still alive in 2007.

 

 

 

 

28Q21

GEORGE LEONARD COLLETT, who was known as Len, was born at Stoke-on-Trent on 7th May 1941.  He married Nora Margaret Matthews in the early 1960s.  Nora was the daughter of James Matthews and Catherine Fallon and was born on 3rd June 1944.  The couple’s two daughters were born while they were living at Alsager, near Crewe.  After three years living at Cheshunt in Hertfordshire, their sons were born following a family move to Kingswinford in the West Midlands.  The family settled in Millhouse Green at Penistone near Barnsley in 1974 and, at the time of writing, Len and Nora were still living at Millhouse Green.

 

 

 

 

28R25

Jane Catherine Collett

Born in 1966 at Alsager, nr Crewe

 

 

28R26

Verity Anne Collett

Born in 1967 at Alsager, nr Crewe

 

 

28R27

THOMAS GEORGE COLLETT

Born in 1971 at Kingswinford

 

 

28R28

William Leonard Collett

Born in 1973 at Kingswinford

 

 

 

 

 

28Q23

Harry Leonard Collett was born at Nunhead in the Camberwell district of London in 1906, the first child of Henry Jessie Collett and Kate Penfold.  According to the next census in April 1911, Harry Leonard Collett (the same name as his grandfather), was recorded as being the four year old son of Harry Jessie Collett who had only been married to his wife Kate for six years.  At that time in his life Harry Leonard Collett was living with his family at 95B Tappesfield Road in Nunhead.

 

 

 

 

28Q24

Edward Alfred Frederick Collett, who was known as Ted, was born at Thorn Terrace in Nunhead Grove in Camberwell on 3rd July 1907, the second son of Henry Jessie and Kate Collett, who was incorrectly recorded as Edward A J Collett in the census of 1911.  At the time he was three years old and living at 93b Tappesfield Road in Nunhead Green.  It was during the last three months of 1926 when Edward A F Collett married Florence Elizabeth Brunsdon Spindler, the event recorded at Camberwell register office (Ref. 1d 1453).  Florence was born on 7th March 1902 and she married Ted at St Peters Church in East Dulwich on 26th December 1926.  Ted was in the Territorial Army and at the outbreak of World War Two he joined the army but for some reason he was never posted overseas.  He was also a member of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (The Buffs), as was his father.

 

 

 

After nearly five years together Florence presented Edward with a daughter while they were still living in Camberwell.  When he died on 6th September 1961 he and his wife had been residing for about seventeen years at 14 Rockells Place off Forest Hill Road in East Dulwich, South London, very close to the Camberwell Old Cemetery.  Probate for his personal effects valued at £544 17 Shillings 3d was granted to his widow Florence Collett in London on 23rd October 1961.  Nearly fifteen years later Florence Elizabeth Collett nee Spindler died at St Christopher's Hospice in Sydenham, just south of East Dulwich, on 9th July 1976.

 

 

 

Ted was only 54 years old when he died, the cause of death being a heart related illness.  He had worked many years at The Waxed Paper Works on Sternhall Lane in Peckham where he was foreman.  When the paper works closed down he turned to his love of gardening, and became a gardener and park-keeper for the London Borough of Camberwell, which he did right up to his untimely death.  Following his death, he was buried in ordinary ground at Camberwell New Cemetery, Brenchley Gardens, Honor Oak, London.

 

 

 

 

28R29

Doreen Florence Collett

Born in 1931 at Camberwell

 

 

 

 

 

28Q25

Kate Margaret E Collett was born at Nunhead in Camberwell during 1909, the only known daughter of Henry and Kate Collett.  She was known as Sissy in the family and she married Arthur W Richards at Camberwell in 1933.

 

 

 

 

28Q26

Thomas James Richard Collett, who was known as Tommy, eas born at Camberwell, possibly in Nunhead, on 3rd December 1919, the son of Henry Jessie and Kate Collett.  As with his younger brother (below), the birth of Thomas J R Collett was recorded at Camberwell register office (Ref. 1d 1510) during the fourth quarter of 1919, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Penfold.  He married Eva Iley who was born on 24th December 1924, her birth recorded at Pontefract register office (Ref. 9c 214) in the West Riding of Yorkshire during the first three months of that year, when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Lockwood.  The marriage of Thomas J R Collett and Eva Iley was recorded at Hemsworth register office (Ref. 9c 51) during the final three months of 1945.  Hemsworth is a town in the West Riding of Yorkshire midway between Barnsley and Pontefract.

 

 

 

After two years together Eva presented Tommy with a son whose birth was also recorded at Hemsworth register office (Ref. 2b 983) during the last quarter of 1947, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Iley.  Tommy Collett died at Bury St Edmunds on 4th September 2014.  It was also at Bury St Edmunds where Eva Collett nee Iley had died seventeen years earlier in December 1997 and where her death was recorded (A20d 106) at the age of 83.  As can be seen from the photograph above and the obituary below, Tommy was a member of the British Army, serving with the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders during the Second World War and the later Korean War.

 

 

 

“Regimental Sergeant Major Tommy Collett, who has died aged 94, was awarded a Military Medal in 1950 in the Korean War.  Collett, a company sergeant-major serving with 1st Battalion The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, arrived in South Korea at the end of August 1950.  On September 21 the Argylls crossed the Nakdong River, south-west of Taegu, under heavy shell fire.  Their objective was the town of Sonju, eight miles away, but first they had to capture Point 282, a dominant feature that the North Koreans were using to direct harassing fire at any units trying to cross the river.  Shortly before five o’clock in the morning on September 23, two companies of the Argylls attacked.  The hill was taken after a sharp engagement but it proved to be a false crest for it was overlooked by Point 388, which was in enemy hands, and the Argylls dug in feverishly in expectation of the inevitable counter-attack.  It started with shelling and mortaring.  Casualties were mounting and the North Koreans were forming up but the Argylls reckoned that shrewdly directed American artillery could be counted on to break up any attack.  At this critical moment, inexplicably, the American officer was ordered to return to his HQ.  Vigorous protests, all the way up to the general, were unavailing.  Supporting artillery fire for the infantrymen crouching in their foxholes was lost.  The order was given that the position be held to the last man and the last round.  The most pressing problem was getting the wounded off the steep 900 feet hill.  Collett superintended the evacuation, constantly moving about in the open under heavy fire.  The North Koreans were getting ever closer and the Argylls were losing more men.  Soldiers fit for fighting had to be employed as stretcher-bearers.  The round trip took an hour and Collett told his comrades that he was timing them with a stopwatch.  ‘No stopping for a fag at the bottom of the hill! Got it?’  They got it.  Incurring the CSM’s wrath was feared every bit as much as a bullet.  Considerable enemy infiltration had already taken place when an infantryman reported that his weapon was out of action.  Collett handed the man his rifle and continued his work unarmed.  At that moment, his company area was napalm bombed and then strafed with machine gunfire.  An Allied air strike had hit the position by mistake, setting the hilltop ablaze.  The survivors fell back but Collett rallied them, re-took the lost ground and then organised a fighting withdrawal.  One wounded man that he carried to safety exclaimed, ‘I never thought I would have my arms around your neck, sergeant-major.’  ‘It will cost you a pint, one day’ his rescuer retorted – and, subsequently, it did.  Collett was among the last to leave the position.  His courage and inspiring leadership were recognised by the award of a Military Medal.

 

 

 

Thomas James Richard Collett was born in Camberwell, South London, on December 3 1919 and educated locally.  In September 1935, he enlisted in the Loyal Regiment and was posted to 1st Battalion.  In 1940, he took part in the BEF’s evacuation from Dunkirk and, after transferring to the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, he served in Palestine and Hong Kong before embarking for Korea with 1 A&SH.  Home postings in Scotland were followed by a spell in British Guiana.  After a posting to Berlin and two years at Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, his final appointment was with the OTC at Glasgow University.  He retired from the Army in 1962 in the rank of RSM and for the next 23 years he was a publican at Bury St. Edmunds.  In his spare time, he enjoyed golf and bowls”

 

 

 

Two further notices were published in the Bury local press, the first as follows:  “Collett Thomas, Former RSM of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.  Passed away peacefully in the West Suffolk Hospital on 4th September 2014, aged 94.  Husband of the late Eva, much loved father of Tom, granddad of Ian and Andrew and great-granddad to Max and Isla.  Funeral service will take place 22nd September 2014 at 3pm at The West Suffolk Crematorium.”  The second notice read:  “To Tom Junior and his family, may I take this opportunity to express my sincere condolences to Tom, his wife, children and grandchildren on the loss of Tom Senior, a lovely popular man who is remembered by many local people as a likeable and respected landlord”

 

 

 

 

28R30

Thomas James William Collett

Born in 1947 at Hemsworth, Yorks.

 

 

 

 

 

28Q27

Charles Ernest Collett was born at Camberwell, possibly in Nunhead, during 1922 and he may have been the last child of Henry Jessie Collett and Kate Penford.  His birth was recorded at Camberwell register office (Ref. 1d 1165) during the last three months of 1922, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Penfold.  He was 63 when he died at Swindon in 1985.  He attended his brother Ted’s funeral in 1961 when he was described as being tallish and slim, with dark hair and a David Niven style moustache. 

 

 

 

 

28Q35

Henry Collett was born at Alvescot in 1883 and was the base-born son of Emma Collett of Alvescot.  It is assumed that he continued to live with his mother, probably at the home of her parents in Alvescot.  What is known is that following Emma’s married to Joseph Fitchett, Henry was living with his mother at Buckland in 1891 when he was seven years old.

 

 

 

Just after the start of the new century Henry had returned to Alvescot and was living at the home of his maternal grandmother’s brother William Collett (Ref. 28O58) at No. 1 Foxes Row.  According to the census of 1901, Henry was 17 and was confirmed as having been born at Alvescot, where he was employed as an under carter on a farm, probably working on the same farm as William Collett who was described a cattleman on a farm.  It was just over seven years later when Henry Collett married Emily Ann Davis at Ramsden in Oxfordshire on 24th July 1908.  Once married the couple settled in Deddington, just south of Banbury, where their four children were all born, the first of them within six months of their wedding day.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in April 1911 Henry Collett from Alvescot was 27 and a domestic gardener living at the four-roomed accommodation that was The Folly, Chapel Square, in the Oxfordshire village of Deddington.  Living there with him was his wife of three years, Emily Ann Collett, age 28 and from Cogges in Witney, and one of the two children which had been born to the couple by that time.  The census return stated that Emily had given birth to two children, both alive on that day, but only Ethel Florence Collett aged one year was living at The Folly with them.  Also on that same day Emily was expecting the couple’s third child who was born four months after.

 

 

 

 

The couple missing son and their eldest child was staying with Emily’s parents, perhaps in readiness for the birth of their next child, with Emily already having a young baby to look after.  Albert Collett aged three years, a grandson from Deddington, was recorded at the home of Charles and Mary Ann Davis at Ramsden near Charlbury.  Charles was 68 and a carter on a farm, his wife was 59, and still living with them were their three son Albert Davis 25, Wallace Davis 17 and Edward Davis 14.

 

 

 

 

Four and a half years later Henry Collett joined the army on 25th October 1915 in Banbury.  He served in France with the Labour Corps – service number 112453, when his home address was recorded as Philcote Street in Deddington.  His army record states that he was 32 years and 2 months on entry, and that he was 5 feet 9 inches tall.  As well as confirming his wife’s name and the date of their wedding and the names and dates of birth of their four children, the same record gave an address at the time of their marriage as Horsefair in Deddington, which is the adjacent to Philcote Street.  After his initial training he was posted to France on 14th July 1916 and was still in France in May 1917.

 

 

 

 

28R31

Albert Henry Collett

Born on 09.01.1908 at Deddington

 

 

28R32

Ethel Florence Collett

Born on 12.06.1909 at Deddington

 

 

28R33

Reginald Charles Collett

Born on 09.08.1911 at Deddington

 

 

28R34

Mabel Emily Collett

Born on 25.03.1916 at Deddington

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Q36

Frederick James Edgington was born at Black Bourton in 1904.  He married Sarah Isabella Godfrey who was born at Sunderland in 1909, and who was the daughter of Jonathan and Isabella Godfrey.  Frederick’s and Sarah’s daughter was born at Greenford in West London in 1929.

 

 

 

 

28R35

Iris Isabella Edgington

Born in 1929

 

 

 

 

 

28Q37

Albert Collett Bullock was born at Alvescot on 31st March 1901, the base-born son of Albert Collett and the widow Charlotte Bullock.  At the time of the registration of the birth only the mother’s name was given, and it is considered that she gave her son his second name to indicate who the father was.  The boy’s father was himself married just under four years later, and remained living in Alvescot where he was twice married and where he brought up his children. 

 

 

 

Since he was born on the day of the census in 1901, he was recorded at Alvescot with his mother and her four earlier children by her husband, but simply as an infant with no name.  It is possible that his mother was married for a second time during the first decade of the new century, as no record of her as Charlotte Bullock has been found, whereas Albert Bullock, age 10 years and from Alvescot, was living there with his half-sister Georgina Bullock, age 14, and possibly even with their mother.

 

 

 

Albert Bullock was later married, and that resulted in the birth of a son for him who was born in 1955, Stephen Roger Bullock.  Sadly Albert died in 1961 when his son was only around six years old.  And it is thanks to Roger that the short of his father can be added to this family line.  Today, in 2011, Roger lives in Cheadle, Cheshire.

 

 

 

 

28Q38

George William Albert Collett was born at Clanfield on 22nd April 1905 following the marriage of his parents Albert Collett and Susan Alice Goodway only three months earlier at the end of January that same year.  George was still an infant when his mother died, after which his father remarried in December 1907.  George Collett was five years old in the Alvescot census of 1911 and all that is known about him after that time is that he died in 1983.  The death of George William A Collett was recorded at the Warwick and Leamington register office (Ref. 31 0473) during the third quarter of 1983 when he was 78.

 

 

 

 

28Q39

Frederick John Collett was born at Alvescot on 6th December 1908, the first child for Albert Collett by his second wife Elizabeth (Lizzie) Edgington.  He was two years old in the Alvescot census of 1911 when he was simply recorded as Frederick Collett.  It was just before the Second World War that he married Muriel Alma Slatford who was born at Garsington just south-east of the City of Oxford on 20th January 1914.  The marriage produced two children for the couple, both of whom were born at Oxford.  Tragically Frederick John Collett may not have had the opportunity to see his second child as he was killed in action on 21st February 1944 and was buried at the Anzio War Cemetery.

 

 

 

He was Gunner Collett service number 1100396 serving with 19th Field Regiment of the Royal Artillery.  He was 35 when he died and his army records confirmed that he was the son of Albert and Lizzie Collett, and the husband of Muriel Alma of Bladon in Oxfordshire.

 

 

 

 

28R36

Hazell Collett

Born in 1939 at Oxford

 

 

28R37

Raymond Collett

Born in 1942 at Oxford

 

 

 

 

 

28Q40

Elsie Freda Mary Collett was born at Alvescot on 6th July 1913 where, on 29th June 1935 she married Thomas Henry Richards who was born in Oxford in 1908 and who was the son of Howard and Annie Richards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Q41

Dorothy May Violet Collett was born at Alvescot in 1923 she married John Mellor on 7th November 1939 at Alvescot who was born on 19th April 1915.  At the time the couple were married John was serving with the Royal Air Force and was stationed at the Brize Norton air base.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Q43

William George Collett was born at Headington on 14th August 1930, the son of William George Leonard Collett - who died when William was still in his infancy, and his wife Arabella Edith Godwin - who re-married when William was eight years old to become Arabella Edith Simpson.  The birth of William G Collett was recorded at Headington register office (Ref. 3a 1859) during the third quarter of 1930 when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Godwin.  Judging by the record of his death, William George Collett became William George Simpson sometime after his mother was married for a second time.  It was at Swindon register office (Ref. 23 2715) that his death was recorded during March 1991 when he was 60 years of age.

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Q47

Ellen May Collett, referred to by the family as Nelly, was born at Swindon in late 1914, the same year that her parents Ernest George Collett and Ellen Iles were married there.  Tragically her father was killed in action during the Second Battle of Ypres when Ellen was just one year old, and this photo of her was taken just after that.  Six years after being made a widow her mother married Albert Townsend at Swindon in 1921, resulting in the birth of a half-brother for Ellen, who was born in 1921.

 

Ellen May Collett later married Ellis Swayles with whom she had three daughters who were all born at Swindon.  They were Janet born in 1938, Anita born in 1939 and Susan born in 1944.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Q48

Ronald Graham Miles Collett was born in the family home at 20 Perry’s Lane in Wroughton, near Swindon, on 17th November 1924, the eldest of the three children of Sidney Collett and his wife Dulcie May Miles.  When he was nearly four years old his schoolteacher father took the family to live at a new house on Broome Manor Lane in Swindon, from where the family moved in 1932 when Ronald’s father secured another teaching job in Salisbury.  From that day forward the family lived at 464 Devizes Road in Bemerton, just outside Salisbury.  After attending the local junior school Ronald was a pupil at the Bishop Wordsworth Public School for Boys, where his father was the Master of Physical Education, and later studied architecture at Durham University.  During the Second World War he joined the armed forces and was attached to the Special Operations Executive, and it was during his training in the Brecon Beacons that he met his future wife.  After the war Ronald was posted to India where he was involved in partition of that country.

 

 

 

 

 

It was after his return from India in 1947 that Ronald married Pauline Daphne Anghared Wilson on 29th July 1947 at the Church of St Gwendaline in Talgarth.  Pauline was born at Brecknock, Merionethshire, in Wales during the second quarter of 1927.  After leaving the army Ronald and Pauline settled in Newcastle where their three children were born and from where Ronald secured his degree in architecture at Durha.  That qualification enabled him to work as an architect in local government until the day he retired in 1982.  It was two years after he was married that his brother Dudley (below) emigrated to Australia and he was later followed there by Ronald’s parent and his sister Joan (below) in 1951.  Sadly that was a permanent split for Ronald from his Collett family, which was very upset over his marriage to Pauline.  Apparently he was almost entirely disowned by his family as they did not approve of his marriage to a woman who they perceived as being far below their social class.  Hence, that was the reason why he and Pauline ran away to Newcastle, after which the remainder of his family travelled to the other side of the world.

 

 

 

 

 

Sometime after the death of his father in Australia during 1964, Ronald’s mother was taken ill, having suffered a stroke, and eventually returned to England in 1969.  She was accompanied by Ronald’s widowed sister and the pair of them settled in North Shields.  Curiously, despite being separated from his family, it was Ronald Collett who was named as the informant of the death of his mother at North Shields in 1975.  It was thirty years later when Ronald Collett, aged 81, passed away peacefully in his sleep on 29th October 2005 when on holiday in Scotland.  The property which was his home at that time was also the home of his daughter Michelle in 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

28R38

Diane Sian Collett

Date of birth unknown at Newcastle

 

 

28R39

Michelle Pauline Collett

Date of birth unknown at Newcastle

 

 

28R40

Gareth Paul Collett

Born in 1966 at Newcastle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Q49

Dudley Sidney Gerald Collett, who was known as Gerry, was born at Swindon on 23rd April 1927, the second child of Sidney and Dulcie Collett, although from the age of four or five his early years were spent with his family in Salisbury.  Upon completing his education he joined the British Merchant Marine as a midshipman cadet with Blue Funnel during January in 1944 at age 16.  It is understood that Blue Funnel were accorded the right to refer to their cadets as midshipmen.  He was actively involved in the Second World War, both in Europe and in the Far East, and eventually transferred to the Australian Merchant Marine in 1950, where he served on Australian coastal shipping.

 

 

 

 

 

It was in Australia that he settled in 1950 and where he encouraged his parents and sister Maureen (below) to join him in 1951.  It was there also that he married Jenny Price at St George’s Church in Malvern in Victoria on 1st August 1956 with whom he had two children.  Gerry and Jenny were living in Melbourne when, only seven years after retiring, Dudley Sidney Gerald Collett passed away quite unexpectedly on 1st June 1991 at the age of 64. 

 

 

 

 

 

Jenny Collett nee Price was born at Kidderminster in Worcestershire, England, on 3rd February 1934, the daughter of Rose and John ‘Jack’ Price, both of her parents being of Welsh decent.  It was during 1951 that Jenny’s parents took her and her brother John to a new life in Australia in 1951.  Tragically, the family had only been settled in Malvern near Melbourne for just one year when Jenny’s father passed away from lung cancer.  Jenny started work at McIlwraith McEacharn where she met Gerry Collett.  Sadly, less than a year after they were married Jenny’s mother Rose passed away.  Following the loss of her husband during mid-1991, Jenny lived at Blackburn in Melbourne’s east side, close to where her two children were residing at that time. Jenny Collett nee Price passed away on 21st January 2004 from septicemia.

 

 

 

 

 

28R41

Penelope Jane Rosemary Collett

Born in 1960 at Caulfield, Victoria

 

 

28R42

Nicholas Gerald Collett

Born in 1962 at Caulfield, Victoria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Q50

Joan Maureen Collett, who was always known as Maureen, was born at Swindon in 1930, the youngest of the three children of Sidney and Dulcie May Collett.  Not long after she was born the family left Swindon and moved to Salisbury.  After the Second World War her brother Dudley (above) became a merchant seaman and later transferred to the Australian Merchant Navy and settled in that country in 1950.  Maureen was 21 when she and her parents left England to join her brother for a new life in Australia during 1951.

 

 

 

 

 

In 1954 she married Harry Saddington who was born in 1920 and in 1955 Maureen presented him with a son Timothy.  Tim was only two years old when he father was tragically killed in a car crash during the month of May in 1957.  Heartbroken following the death of her husband, Maureen and her son, together with her parents returned to England in 1958.  However, that time in England was short-lived when, in 1961 Maureen and her son and her mother returned to Australia, with her father joining them there in 1962.

 

 

 

 

 

Following the death in Adelaide of her father in 1964, and with the failing health of her mother, Maureen took her mother to live in the north-east of England, having secured a teaching post there.  Her son Timothy Saddington followed in his uncle’s footsteps by becoming a merchant seaman, and in 2012 he lives within the Newcastle area of north-east England.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Q51

Ellen Collett was born at Swindon in 1919.  She married William Christopher Meesam.  The couple had two daughters and Ellen Meesam nee Collett died during 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Q52

Kathleen Elizabeth Winifred Collett was born at Swindon in 1921.  She married Dennis Thomas Dowson and they had three children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Q53

Anthony Roy Collett was born at Wroughton near Swindon on 8th October 1928.  In 1951 he married Noreen French of Darlington in County Durham who was born there in 1931.  The couple’s first child was born at Swindon while the others were born at Fulham in London.

 

 

 

 

 

28R43

Janine Collett

Born on 10.01.1953 at Swindon

 

 

28R44

Robert Martin Collett

Born on 10.12.1955 at Fulham

 

 

28R45

Lorraine Collett

Born on 10.08.1957 at Fulham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Q54

Pamela Joy Collett, who was referred to as Pam, was born at Wroughton on 13th January 1934.  During 1936 the family moved to live in Swindon where Pam’s father Frank had been born and lived during his early life.

 

Pam was educated at Ferndale School and later at Headlands Grammar School.

 

On leaving school Pam took up employment with the Great Western Railway working in the Privilege Office.  It was from the Priv. Office that GWR employees were given free passes and privilege tickets to travel at reduced rates on the railway.  The length of service with the GWR determined the value of the tickets and passes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was in Swindon that she met and later married Edwin James Bond in 1953.  Edwin was born in Swindon on 21st March 1927.  The marriage produced two children for Pam and Edwin, Kevin James Bond who was born on 15th July 1954, and Carole Bond who was born on 16th September 1964, both having been born at Swindon.

 

 

 

 

 

In 2002 Pam was diagnosed with cancer and had one kidney removed in an attempt to defeat the illness.  Initially everything seemed to be fine for a while but the cancer returned and Pam passed away in the Prospect Hospice at Wroughton on the 7th of June 2007.  At the time of her passing Pam was the proud grandmother to four grandchildren and great grandmother to five great grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Q55

ROBERT JOHN COLLETT, who was referred to as Bob, was born at Swindon on 25th June 1937.  He attended Ferndale Infants and Junior School and Headlands Grammar School.  He served his 18 months National Service with R.E.M.E. in Libya.  He was apprenticed as a turner, fitter and erector with British Rail before moving to Pressed Steel in Swindon where, during his time there, he was a toolmaker, a production line fitter, a foreman, and a team engineer. 

 

 

 

 

 

Pressed Steel later became Rover and was then taken over by the German motor manufacturer BMW.  Following his retirement, after 38 years with Pressed Steel, he worked as a part-time salesman at Sainsbury Homebase for a further three years.

 

 

 

 

 

He married Margaret Harris at Christchurch in Swindon on 5th July 1958. 

 

Margaret was born on 28th February 1937 and was the daughter of Stanley Ernest Harris who was born in 1901 and Olive Ellen Truman who was born in 1903. 

 

Both of their children were born at Swindon.

 

This photograph of Bob and Margaret was taken in 2008 on the occasion of their fiftieth wedding anniversary.

 

 

 

 

 

28R46

Leigh Anthony Collett

Born on 13.01.1962 at Swindon

 

 

28R47

Darren Jon Collett

Born on 10.09.1964 at Swindon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Q57

John Willis was born around 1933.  He married Margaret Jean Collett who was born at Swindon on 6th June 1935.  The marriage on 30th November 1957 produced two children, Debbie Willis and Gary Willis, both born at Swindon where John Willis died on 14th November 2005 aged 72.

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret Jean Collett (Ref. 1R33) was the daughter of artist and bank manager

Ronald Ernest Collett (Ref. 1Q19) of Plymouth Street in Swindon

whose family details are provided in Part One – The Main Line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Q58

Phyllis May Collett was born at Aurora in Ontario on 18th June 1928.  It was there also that she married Eric Ronald Egerton on 18th June 1949.  Eric was the son of Frederick Egerton and Alice Ryder and was born on 15th June 1924 at Whelford near Lechlade in Gloucestershire, England.  The marriage produced four daughters while the family were living at Newmarket in Ontario.  Eric Ronald Egerton died at Bradford in Ontario on 8th May 1988.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Q59

Herbert John Collett was born at Aurora on 20th April 1932, and he married Vivian Beatrice Beach on 31st January 1951 at Aurora.

 

 

 

 

 

28R48

a son Collett

Born on 30.06.1952; died 30.06.1952

 

 

28R49

Sheila Collett

Born on 30.06.1953 at Aurora

 

 

28R50

Stanley Collett

Born on 17.07.1955 at Aurora

 

 

28R51

Lesley Collett                twin

Born on 02.02.1958 at Aurora

 

 

28R52

Patricia Collett              twin

Born on 02.02.1958 at Aurora

 

 

28R53

Nancy Collett

Born in 1959 at Aurora

 

 

28R54

Tracey Collett

Born in 1964 at Aurora

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Q60

Jeanne Collett was born at Aurora on 16th September 1933 where she married Ronnie Brown on 24th March 1951.  Ronnie was born in 1930.  The marriage produced three children, one of which may have been Jennifer Brown, who was referred to as Jenny Todd in the obituary of her grandmother Mary Collett in 2012.  From the same obituary it seems likely that Jeanne Brown nee Collett, the daughter of Ted and Mary Collett, had passed away before 2012 since there was no mention of a daughter, just her son Donald (below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Q61

Edward Collett, who was referred to as Teddy, was born at Aurora on 16th October 1940 where he married Hazel McConnell on 21st September 1964.  Another Collett/McConnell connection was made when Edward’s niece Sheila Collett married Hazel’s brother John McConnell a few years later.  At the time of the death of Edward’s mother in 2012 no reference was made of him or either of his two children in the obituary of Mary Elizabeth Collett nee Humphrey published in The Toronto Star.  This may suggest that Edward Collett had died prior to 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

28R55

Edward William Collett

Born on 19.10.1969 at Aurora

 

 

28R56

Tammy Collett

Born on 10.03.1972 at Aurora

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Q62

Donald Collett was born at Aurora on 28th February 1951 a year before his parents were married.  He married (1) Pat Van Dyke Nichols in 1972 at Aurora and nearly twenty years later he married (2) Theresa Buck.  It is not known if his first wife died or whether he was divorced from her.  Each of the marriages is known to have produced one child.  Both Donald Collett and his wife Theresa Buck were named in the obituary for Donald’s mother Mary in 2012.  Also mentioned were Mary’s grandchildren Patti Chappell and Rory Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

28R57

Patti Collett

Born in 1973 at Aurora

 

 

28R58

Rory Thomas Collett

Born on 08.10.1992 at Aurora

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Q67

Trevor Collett was born at Swindon on 24th August 1936.  He married Evelyn Smith of Purton in Wiltshire who was born on 4th July 1939.  Both of their daughters were born at Purton.

 

 

 

 

 

28R59

Lynn Collett

Born on 26.12.1960 at Purton

 

 

28R60

Deborah Collett

Born on 11.04.1962 at Purton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Q72

Philip Collett, referred to as Phil, was born at Swindon on 28th January 1945.  He married Sandra Dobson at St Mary’s Church in Swindon on 31st January 1971.  Sandra was born on 15th February 1949 and was the daughter of Lesley and Doreen Dobson.  Their two children were both born at Swindon.

 

 

 

 

 

28R61

Darren Stephen Collett

Born on 10.01.1974 at Swindon

 

 

28R62

Debra Sandra Collett

Born on 19.12.1976 at Swindon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Q74

Nigel Anthony Collett was born at Swindon on 20th October 1952, the eldest of the two sons of Albert William James Collett and his wife Moira Ellen Townsend.  He was educated at the Commonweal School in Swindon and later attended St Peter’s College in Oxford, where he took a Bachelor of Arts in Modern History in 1973, becoming MA Oxon in 1977. 

 

After six months working at the Ministry of Defence as an Administrative Trainee in the Home Civil Service he joined the British Army as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, attending the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in 1974. 

 

 

 

 

 

He was first posted to the 1st Battalion the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment at Gordon Barracks in Gillingham as Officer Commanding 3 Platoon, A Company, and served in England and Cyprus before being posted to the Infantry Junior Leaders’ Battalion at Shorncliffe, as Officer Commanding Burma Platoon, Barossa Company, from 1975 to 1976.  A tour as Battalion Intelligence Officer followed with 1st Battalion D and D in Northern Ireland (North Queen Street) and Belfast Barracks, and at Osnabruck in Germany where he also commanded the Battalion’s ski hut at Sondhofen in Bavaria from 1977 to 1978.  After attending the Junior Division of the Staff College at Warminster, Nigel returned to the 1st Battalion D and D and became second in command of A Company for exercises in Soltau and Suffield in Canada.  At the end of 1978 he was posted as Adjutant of the Prince of Wales’s Division Depot at Crickhowell in Wales.

 

 

 

 

 

In 1981 he was seconded to the Sultan of Oman’s Land Forces and posted as an Acting Major to be Company Commander of D Company the Western Frontier Regiment at Thumrait in Dhofar.  The soldiers of the regiment were all Pakistani Baluch who taught Nigel the language.  From 1982 he served with BMATT Zimbabwe as a local Major and an instructor on the Company Commander’s Course at Nkomo.  It was while he was there that he wrote the first of his many books “Grammar, Phrase Book and Vocabulary of Baluchi” which was published in 1984 and again in 1986.  Whilst at Staff College in Camberley in 1984, he transferred to 6th Queen Elizabeth’s Own Gurkha Rifles and was promoted to substantive Major that same year. He was later posted to 6th Gurkhas at Gallipoli Lines in Fanling and was to serve in Hong Kong continuously from 1985 to 1992.

 

 

 

 

 

Nigel was made Chief of Staff of 48 Gurkha Infantry Brigade in Sekkong from 1987 to 1988 and was Brigade Major Brigade of Gurkhas in HMS Tamar in 1990.  As a Lieutenant-Colonel he had the honour to command 6th Gurkha Rifles in Hong Kong from 1991, then in Brunei from 1992 to 1993, also holding in the latter location the post of Garrison Commander Brunei.

 

 

 

 

 

Between 1987 and 1994 with the help of two Gurkha Officers (Major Lyangsong Lepchha and Captain Harkaman Gurung) Nigel wrote “An English-Nepali-English Dictionary”. On its publication in the latter year, it became the Nepali dictionary used by the British Army, the Gurkha Contingent of the Singapore Police, and the Sultan of Brunei’s Gurkha Reserve Unit.  That same year he retired and established Gurkha International Manpower Services Ltd, a company initially dedicated to finding employment for ex-British Army Gurkha soldiers, principally with shipping companies.  He is Managing Director of the Company which has over 800 men and women onboard ships, mostly cruise lines, and has offices in Hong Kong and Kathmandu.

 

 

 

 

 

Between 2001 and 2002 Nigel studied for a Master in Arts degree in Biography at the University of Buckingham, gaining a distinction and winning the Buckingham prize for Biography in 2003.  In 2005, Hambledon and London published his book “The Butcher of Amritsar: General Reginald Dyer” which was reprinted in July that year by Rupa & Co of Delhi.  He currently writes for Hong Kong-based newspapers and magazines and publishes reviews in the Asian Review of Books.  He is also a moderator for the Hong Kong Man Booker Literary Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to all of this he is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, a Companion of the Nautical Institute, Fellow of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, and Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors.  In Hong Kong he is: a Church Councillor of Christ Church at Kowloon Tong; a member of the Committee of the Apostleship of the Sea; and Founding Member and Advisor to the Hong Kong Branch of the 6th Queen Elizabeth's Own Gurkha Rifles Regimental Association.  He has never married and currently lives with his partner in Hong Kong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28Q75

Gavin James Collett was born at Swindon on 15th March 1955.  During his working life he was an electrician with British Rail and later with Zimbabwe Railways, before becoming a Quality Control Manager with Tyco formerly Raychem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R1

Dennis Collett was born at Southall during 1927, the eldest child of Eric John Collett and Winifred May Macklin. 

 

This photograph of Dennis is an extract from a large family picture taken with his father Eric and his younger brother Eric.

 

Dennis would have been around six years old when the photograph was taken, but sadly just a year later he died from scarlet fever.

 

Photograph kindly supplied by Dave Considine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R6

Ann Collett was born at Southall in 1939 and she married Bernard Considine who was also of Southall and born there in 1938.  They had three children between 1962 and 1979, the first two Julie and David being born at Hillingdon, while Graham was born at Ashford near Staines.  And it was Dave Considine who kindly provided information on his family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R8

Marian Collett was born at Southall in 1945, the daughter of Eric John Collett and his wife Winifred May Macklin.  It was also in Southall that she married Charles King who was born in Great Yarmouth in 1935.  The marriage produced two children for Marian and Charles; the first was Carol King who was born in 1964 while they were living in Wimbledon, and the second was Mark King, who was born in 1965, after the family had settled in Norwich.  Marian and Charles now live near Coventry.

 

 

 

 

 

28R11

Heather Elizabeth Irving married Barry Owen Preston with whom she had one child.  It was Heather that kindly provided details of her Australian ancestors which enabled this family line to be developed to include this new information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R12

Victor Robert Collett was born at Tamworth in New South Wales on 11th May 1968, one of the four children of John Douglas Collett and his wife the former Miss Jacobs.  It was around 1994 that Victor married Jodie Nicole Smith and with whom he had one child while the couple was still living at Tamworth.

 

 

 

 

 

28S1

Benjamin Dylan Collett

Born on 13.11.1995 at Tamworth, NSW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R13

A Collett daughter was born at Tamworth to John Douglas Collett and his wife.  Later in her life she was married to become Mrs Murphy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R14

Ian Milton Collett was born at Tamworth on 7th November 1972, another of the four children of John Douglas Collett.  When he was almost twenty years of age Ian married Sandra Maree Shelton at Tamworth on 26th September 1992, and through their marriage they had two children who were both born at Tamworth.

 

 

 

 

 

28S2

Jordan Beau Collett

Born on 20.05.1994 at Tamworth, NSW

 

 

28S3

Chloe Bree Collett

Born on 26.01.1997 at Tamworth, NSW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R16

Gary John Collett was born on 29th December 1950, the eldest of the three children of John Thomas Collett and his wife the former Miss Wilson.  Gary later married Pauline Georgie Lane with whom he had two children.

 

 

 

 

 

28S4

Emma Georgie Collett

Born on 27.01.1987 in Australia

 

 

28S5

Corena Victoria Collett

Born on 16.09.1989 in Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R17

Terry Noel Collett was born on 13th December 1954, the second child of John Thomas Collett.  Terry later married Rhonda Bateup with whom he had three children.

 

 

 

 

 

28S6

Nathan John Collett

Born on 20.02.1978 in Australia

 

 

28S7

Justin Noel Collett          twin

Born on 02.08.1980 in Australia

 

 

28S8

Katrina Lee Collett          twin

Born on 02.08.1980 in Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R18

Judith Fay Collett was born on 19th October 1961, the daughter of John Thomas Collett.  Judith married Michel Bruce Dewson, with whom she had two children.  John Luke Dewson was born on 27th September 1983, and Sally Maree Dewson was born on 9th October 1984.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R19

Lawrence Noel Collett was born on 16th February 1951, the eldest of the two sons of Noel Louis Collett and his wife the former Miss Wilson.  Lawrence later married Michelle Gayle, with whom he had five children.

 

 

 

 

 

28S9

Lee Noel Collett

Born on 10.07.1978 in Australia

 

 

28S10

Adam Francis Collett

Born on 30.06.1979 in Australia

 

 

28S11

Jason Linden Collett

Born on 27.09.1981 in Australia

 

 

28S12

Simon Jon Collett

Born on 10.11.1984 in Australia

 

 

28S13

Jeremy Peter Collett

Born on 08.09.1986 in Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R20

Lindsay John Collett was born on 18th March 1953, the youngest child of Noel Louis Collett.  Lindsay later married Patty Smith and the marriage produced one child for the couple.

 

 

 

 

 

28S14

Rachel Collett

Date of birth unknown in Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R21

Debbie-Anne Collett was born at Wee Waa in New South Wales on 30th May 1962, the eldest child of Adrian Neville Collett and his wife the former Miss Grant.  It was later that she married Mark Anthony Wales, with whom she had two children.  Ashlee Fawne Wales was born on 4th August 1987 and Kodie Mark Wales was born on 18th September 1993.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R22

A Collett son was born to Mr Collett and Miss Grant and he later married a Miss Keft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R25

Jane Catherine Collett was born at Crewe on 11th July 1966.  She met Peter Wilde while she was working as a midwife in the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, and they were married at Penistone.  They currently live near Shrewsbury, where all four of their children were born.

 

 

 

 

 

28S15

Edward Peter Wilde

Born on 28.11.1994 at Shrewsbury

 

 

28S16

Alex Jane Wilde

Born on 11.07.1996 at Shrewsbury

 

 

28S17

Katie Mae Wilde

Born on 05.12.1997 at Shrewsbury

 

 

28S18

Joanne Margaret Wilde

Born on 20.03.1999 at Shrewsbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R26

Verity Anne Collett was born at Crewe on 30th October 1967.  She studied metallurgy at Strathclyde University and currently lives at Didsbury in south Manchester.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R27

THOMAS GEORGE COLLETT was born at Dudley on 8th November 1971 when his family was living close by at Kingswinford.  He married Claire Vanessa Moorhouse on 4th August 1997 at Luthrie in Fife.  Claire is the only daughter of Melvyn Moorhouse and Marilyn Billington and was born at Barnsley on 1st July 1973.  After attending Bangor University, Thomas joined the Royal Air Force as an aircraft engineer.  At the time of writing, Thomas is based at RAF Waddington, near Lincoln.  Their first son George was born at Lincoln, James was born at Basingstoke, and William was born at Canberra in Australia while Thomas was on an Exchange Tour with the Royal Australian Air Force.  And it is Thomas who has kindly provided the details of his family line back to the Colletts of Faringdon in 1813.

 

 

 

 

 

28S19

George Francis Collett

Born on 28.10.1998 at Lincoln

 

 

28S20

James Christopher Collett

Born on 22.12.1999 at Basingstoke

 

 

28S21

William Lachlan Collett

Born on 14.12.2002 at Canberra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R28

William Leonard Collett was born at Dudley on 7th May 1973 at a time when his family was living at nearby Kingswinford.  He later married Anna Goldthorpe at Worley on 29th December 1996.  William studied mechanical engineering at Sheffield University, and went on to specialise in finite element analysis.  At the time of writing, William and Anna live at Bunwell near Norwich, with their three children, all of whom were born at Norwich.

 

 

 

 

 

28S22

Henry Collett

Born on 02.06.2001 at Norwich

 

 

28S23

Beatrix Collett

Born on 02.02.2003 at Norwich

 

 

28S24

Jemima Collett

Born on 06.04.2007 at Norwich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R29

Doreen Florence Collett was born at Camberwell on 2nd October 1931 where her birth was recorded (Ref. 1d 865) during the fourth quarter of 1931, the only child of Edward Alfred Frederick Collett and Florence Spindler.  She was only eighteen when she married Malcolm Victor Hudson on 26th December 1949 at St Peters Church in East Dulwich, the wedding recorded at Camberwell register office (Ref. 5c 376) during the last few days of 1949.  They were married for twenty-two years when Doreen F Hudson , aged 40, died on 5th June 1972, her premature death recorded at Bromley register office (Ref. 5a 1001) in Kent. 

 

 

 

 

 

The marriage of Doreen and Malcolm Hudson produced two children.  Laraine Florence Hudson was born on 27th September 1950 and Edward James Hudson was born on 25th May 1963.  Malcolm Victor Hudson died on 11th August 2010, and it was his married daughter Laraine Watkins from Maidstone in Kent who kindly provided some details of her family in 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R30

Thomas James William Collett, who is known as Tom, was born at Hemsworth in the West Riding of Yorkshire during the last three months of 1947, the only son of Thomas (Tommy) James Richard Collett and Eva Iley.  All that is currently known about Tom has been extracted from obituaries for his father in 2014.  From this it is established that he is married and had two sons, Ian Collett and Andrew Collett.  In turn his son or sons are also married, thus presenting Tom’s father with two grandchildren Max Collett (Ref. 28T1) and Isla Collett (Ref. 28T2).

 

 

 

 

 

28S25

Ian Collett

Date and place of birth unknown

 

 

28S26

Andrew Collett

Date and place of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R32

Ethel Florence Collett was born at Deddington near Banbury on 12th June 1909, the second of the four children of Henry Collett and Emily Ann Davis.  She was one year old in the census of 1911 when she and her parents were residing at Philcote Street in Deddington.  All that is currently known about Ethel is that she later married Albert Eustace Wain, with whom she had a son, and that she died in 1982, her death recorded in Banbury.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R34

Mabel Emily Collett was born at Deddington on 25th March 1916, and was conceived prior to October the previous year when he father Henry Collett joined the British Army to fight in France.  It was during the first three months of 1937 when Mabel married Cyril George Baldwin, the event recorded at Banbury register office (Ref. 3a 3058).  Cyril had been born on 28th August 1902.  Their marriage produced three children for the couple, after which Cyril died on 21st October 1964, and was followed by Mabel Emily Baldwin nee Collett who passed away on 22nd February 2008 and was buried in the grounds of the Church of St James the Apostle in Somerton, two miles south of Deddington..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R35

Iris Isabella Edgington was born at Greenford in 1929.  She married Harold Norman Hoskins who was born in 1928.  Their daughter was born at Uxbridge in Hillingdon.  Iris died in 2004.

 

 

 

 

 

28S27

Susan Naomi Hoskins

Born in 1957

 

 

 

 

 

28R37

Raymond Collett was born at Oxford in 1942 and was only two years old when his father was killed during the Second World War.  He later married Gwendoline Chapman and they had two children, both being born at Oxford.

 

 

 

 

 

28S28

Anthony Alan Collett

Born in 1969 at Oxford

 

 

28S29

Sharon Ann Collett

Born in 1973 at Oxford

 

 

 

 

 

28R38

Diane Sian Collett was born in Newcastle, the eldest child of Ronald Graham Miles Collett and Pauline Daphne Anghared Wilson.  The only other known fact about her is that at the time of the death of her father in 2055 she was married to Russell Giddins.

 

 

 

 

 

28R39

Michelle Pauline Collett was born at Newcastle and was the second of the three children of Ronald and Pauline Collett.  In 2005, when her father died, she was married to Carl McQueen.

 

 

 

 

 

28R40

Gareth Paul Collett was born at Newcastle on 11th November 1966, the third child and only son of Ronald Collett and Pauline Wilson.  After completing his secondary education, and at the age of 16, he enrolled at Welbeck College in North Nottinghamshire, an army training college, which has been the Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College based at Woodhouse near Loughborough in Leicestershire since 2005.  From Welbeck Gareth went on to attend the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in Surrey where he was commissioned into the Royal Army Ordnance Corps and trained to become an ATO (Ammunitions Technical Officer), his first major posting being Northern Ireland in the early 1990's.  When the RAOC was wound down in 1993 Gareth was moved into the Royal Logistics Corps, where he continued to train as an ATO.

 

 

 

 

It was during an earlier posting to Germany in the late 1980s that he met Christina Scott from Newtownards in Northern Ireland when she was visiting as a member of the Officer Training Corps from Ulster University.  They lost contact after meeting in Germany, but a year later Christina was once again training with the OTC with Gareth posted just a couple of miles down the road from her.  By chance, in a conversation with another young lady in the OTC, Gareth mentioned that he knew Christina Scott who, coincidentally, was also known to the young lady.  Gareth then wrote a letter to Christina which was delivered by the young lady and, the rest they say, is history.  Gareth and Christina were eventually married at St George's Church in Cullercoats, Tynemouth, on 28th July 1990 and nine months later the first of their two daughters were born.

 

 

 

Today, at the end of 2015, Gareth is still serving with the British Army as a Brigadier and has seen active service in many countries including two tours of Iraq - the second of which saw him awarded the Bronze Star by George Bush, Afghanistan, Kosovo and Northern Ireland.  In 2013 he was awarded a CBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for "saving unquantifiable lives" in Afghanistan.

 

 

 

 

28S30

Victoria Louise Anne Collett

Born in 1991 at Wroughton

 

 

28S31

Alexandra Pauline Miles Collett

Born in 1993 at Swindon

 

 

 

 

 

28R41

Penelope Jane Rosemary Collett, known as Penny, was born at Caulfield in Victoria on 6th February 1960, the eldest of the two children of Gerry Collett and Jenny Price.  Penny graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1981 after studying civil engineering.  She married Dennis Keith Gale in 1990 with the marriage producing two girls, Stephanie Colette Gale, born on 14th July 1991, and Eliza Charlotte Gale, born on 20th October 1992, who were both born at Malvern, Victoria, when Penny and Dennis were living at Blackburn in Victoria.  The couple divorced in 2002.  Today, in January 2015, Penny is working as a project director for a global engineering consultancy firm, and is living with her husband Gary, an IT director, in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn.  It was Penny’s daughter Eliza who kindly provided this new information about her family, plus the new details regarding her grandmother Jenny Price.

 

 

 

 

 

28R42

Nicholas Gerald Collett, who is known as Nick, was born at Caulfield in Victoria on 17th January 1962, the second of the two children of Dudley Sidney Gerald Collett and Jenny Price.  He married Jayne Simone Arthurton on 23rd April 1994 which was also his father’s birthday.  Nick and Jayne have two girls Phoebe and Gemma who were both while the couple was living at Clayton in Victoria.  Today in 2013 the family is residing at Blackburn, a suburb east of Melbourne.

 

 

 

 

 

28S32

Phoebe Grace Collett

Born on 09.05.2003 at Clayton, Victoria

 

 

28S33

Gemma Rose Collett

Born on 28.01.2005 at Clayton, Victoria

 

 

 

 

 

28R43

Janine Collett was born at Swindon on 10th January 1953.  She married Nigel Woodford who was born in 1952.  The marriage produced two children, Amanda born on 28th April 1970 and Robert born on 18th November 1975.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R44

Robert Martin Collett was born at Fulham on 10th December 1955.  He married Pamela Page (Ref. 1R41) in June 1978 with whom he had two children, but from whom he was later divorced.  Pamela was also born in 1955, the daughter of Irene Rosanna Page nee Bramble and the granddaughter of Mabel Rose Collett (Ref. 1P60).  Robert was known within the family as Robbie and was a musician and band member for many years of the group Street Circus which played the clubs in and around the Swindon area.  This information was supplied by his cousin Maria Fairchild nee Bramble.

 

 

 

 

 

For further details of the family of Mabel Rose Collett (Ref. 1P60)

go to Part One – The Main Line

 

 

 

 

 

28S34

Lee Collett

Born on 28.01.1981 at Swindon

 

 

28S35

Nathan Collett

Born on 23.05.1984 at Swindon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R45

Lorraine Collett was born at Fulham on 10th August 1957.  She married Martin Clarkson who was born at Weymouth in 1962.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R46

Leigh Anthony Collett was born at Swindon on 13th January 1962.  He was educated at Kingsdown Comprehensive School and joined the Royal Air Force in 1979 as an electronics technician working on flight simulators.  He later qualified as a Trade Instructor and secured his release from the RAF in 1986.  After employment with various IT companies, he established his own company Networks UK Ltd in 1994 where he was the Technical Director.  This company was so successful that in 2001 it was acquired by Cable & Wireless.

 

 

 

 

 

During the following year Leigh left Cable & Wireless and, together with a number of former colleagues, co-founded iSimile Limited at which he was the Managing Director.  This new company provides IT security and performance solutions.  In 1982 he married Tracey Escot who was also born in 1962, but they were later divorced.  All of their children were born at Swindon.

 

 

 

 

 

28S36

Ryan David Collett

Born on 01.09.1988 at Swindon

 

 

28S37

Emily Francesca Collett

Born on 25.06.1990 at Swindon

 

 

28S38

Antonia Rose Collett

Born on 21.02.1992 at Swindon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R47

Darren Jon Collett was born at Swindon on 10th September 1964.  His early education was undertaken at Kingsdown Comprehensive School and this was followed by time at the Metropolitan University London and the University of the West of England.  In 1982 he joined Raychem as a student under the Youth Training Scheme and was offered full employment with the company at the end of the initial contract.

 

 

 

 

 

During this period in his life he obtained a Masters Degree in Science, became a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and become a Chartered Chemist having obtained an Honours Degree in Chemistry.  He married Allison Carol Mulhern who was born in 1967.  All of their children were born at Swindon.  At the time of compiling this family history, Darren was holding the post of Group Manager at Tyco Electronics where he was working on materials related to aerospace and defence development projects.

 

 

 

 

 

28S39

Naomi Louise Collett

Born on 16.09.1987 at Swindon

 

 

28S40

Alishia Jayne Collett

Born on 13.09.1989 at Swindon

 

 

28S41

Aiden Jon Joseph Mulhern Collett

Born on 16.05.1993 at Swindon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R49

Sheila Collett was born at Aurora on 30th June 1953.  She married John McConnell who was born at Acton in Ontario in the early 1970s.  Her uncle Edward Collett (Ref. 28Q61) had previously married John’s sister Hazel McConnell in 1964.  Sheila and John had four children and John died in January 2004.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R50

Stanley Collett was born at Aurora on 17th July 1955 and married Sharon Callaghan.  It is not known if they had any children before Stanley died in 1982.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R51

Lesley Collett was one half of a set of twins (see sister below) born at Aurora on 2nd February 1958 and she married Douglas Mason with whom she had a daughter born in 1989.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R52

Patricia Collett was one half of a set of twins (see sister above) born at Aurora on 2nd February 1958 and she married Rene Levesque with whom she had two children born in 1982 and 1985.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R53

Nancy Collett was born at Aurora in 1959 and she married Barry Vander Ende with whom she had a daughter born in 1976.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R54

Tracey Collett was born at Aurora in 1964 and she married Michael Boomhour with whom she had a son born in 2001.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R55

Edward William Collett was born at Aurora on 19th October 1969 and he married Tracy Hart at Newmarket in Ontario.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R56

Tammy Collett was born at Aurora on 10th March 1972 and she married Jason Sabing in 1997 with whom she had two sons in 1998 and 2000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R57

Patti Collett was born at Aurora during 1973 the only child of Donald Collett and his first wife Pat Van Dyke Nichols.  Judging by the obituary published in The Toronto Star in 2012 for her grandmother Mary Elizabeth Collett nee Humphrey, Patti Collett had married to become Patti Chappell, although there was mention of her husband.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28R61

Darren Stephen Collett was born at Swindon in the Princess Margaret Hospital on 10th January 1974.  He was educated at Herod Parkway Comprehensive School which he left on 11th June 1990 to take up employment with the Nationwide Building Society.  On 22nd June 2002 Darren married Claire Louise Morris.  Claire was born at Plympton near Plymouth on 6th January 1978 and was the daughter of Thomas and Christine Morris.

 

 

 

 

 

28S42

Ethan Jake Collett

Born on 17.12.2003 at Swindon

 

 

28S43

Corey Jude Collett

Born on 31.08.2005 at Swindon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28S27

Susan Naomi Hoskins was born at Uxbridge in Hillingdon in 1957 and she married Mr Smith.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28S29

Sharon Ann Collett was born at Oxford in 1973 and in 2000 she had a son Joseph.

 

 

 

 

 

28T3

Joseph Collett

Born in 2000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28S30

Victoria Louise Anne Collett was born at the Royal Air Force Princess Alexandra Hospital in Wroughton, Wiltshire, on 28th April 1991, the eldest of the two daughters of Gareth Collett and Christina Scott.  She attended Clayesmore Preparatory and Senior Schools at Blandford Forum in Dorset after being awarded academic and all-rounder scholarships.  Victoria went on to study at Sullivan Upper School in Northern Ireland where she completed her A-Level examinations.  After that she attended Dundee University and studied for a Master of Arts in English which was completed with honours.  She next attended the University of Law in London where she is currently training to become a solicitor.  Victoria made contact during the summer of 2015 and, with the help of her father, provided the new information about her father, her sister and herself, where previously there were no published details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28S31

Alexandra Pauline Miles Collett was born at St Margaret’s Hospital in Stratton St Margaret near Swindon on 29th April 1993, the younger daughter of Gareth and Christina Collett.  Like her older sister (above), Alexandra also attended Clayesmore Preparatory and Senior schools before then moving to Rockport School in Northern Ireland.  When she was 16 years old she was accepted into Tring Park School for the Performing Arts in Hertfordshire.  However, she had to leave after falling following her first term.  She was eventually diagnosed as having Secondary Addisons Disease in November 2010, a life threatening and debilitating condition.  Despite this Alexandra has continued to pursue an acting career, attending Italia Conti in London to complete a foundation course in acting and was due to start at The London School of Dramatic Arts in October 2015.  In 2014 she appeared to be improving in terms of her illness, and it is looking likely that she will be only the second person in the world to ever have recovered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28S37

Naomi Louise Collett was born at Swindon in 1987 and in 2006 she had a daughter Faith Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

28T4

Faith Collett

Born on 04.04.2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28S38

Alishia Jayne Collett was born at Swindon on 13th September 1989 and in 2006 she had a daughter Kaycie Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

28T5

Kaycie Collett

Born on 04.01.2006