This section of the website contains a comprehensive list

of those with the Collett name who lost their life

during the Second World War

 

The information has been extracted from the

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register

 

According to these records a total of 94 Colletts died during war, comprising 35 from the British Army, 10 from the Royal Navy (including 1 female), 7 from the Royal Air Force (including 1 female), 1 from the Merchant Navy, 12 from Australia, 6 from Canada, 1 from New Zealand and 4 from South Africa.

 

The list also includes 18 civilians comprising 10 males and 8 females.

 

Each list is in alphabetical order by Christian name and wherever possible additional information has been added in italics after the military details.

 

Behind every name is a sad story, but two in particular are more poignant.  Both feature civilian families.  The first being the four Colletts of 49 St John Street in Coventry; father Hugh Wilfred Collett (Ref. 15O38), his wife Agnes Elizabeth and their two sons Cyril Ernest and Sidney Albert, all of whom were killed on 14th November 1940 while taking cover in the air raid shelter at the Armstrong-Siddeley Works at Parkside, which took a direct hit.  The second being Rose Emma Collett nee Froggitt and her two children Doreen, age 10, and Ronald, age 8, all killed while taking shelter in the Bethnal Green tube station on 3rd March 1943.

 

Up to April 2019 only fifty-four of the 94 deceased have been identified as being members of the Collett Family Lines displayed on this website.

 

BRITISH ARMY

 

Name

 

Rank

Regiment

Date of Death

Collett, Alfred Edwin

27 years

Private 4805315

5th Battalion Suffolk Regiment

27 September 1943

Alfred was born in 1916 and was the son of Alfred William and Emily Collett of Burton-on-Trent.  His name is listed on the Singapore War Memorial – Column 54.

For further details of Alfred Edwin Collett

see Part 9 – The Aldsworth Line (Ref. 9P34)

 

The Singapore War Memorial stands in Kranji War Cemetery and commemorates the 24,000 casualties of the Commonwealth land and air forces who have no known grave.

 

Collett, Albert Edward

20 years

Sapper 14326077

89th Field Company Royal Engineers

21 April 1945

Albert was born in 1924 the son of Herbert Collett, and his second wife Emily Bissell, of Kingstanding in Birmingham.  He was buried at Witton Cemetery – Grave 12318, Sector 96 - and a plaque carrying his name is on the wall of The Council House at Victoria Square in Birmingham.

For further details of Albert Edward Collett

see Part 1 – The Gloucestershire Main Line (Ref. 1Q90)

Collett, Arthur Henry

40 years

Gunner 1094173

148th Field Regt (The Bedfordshire Yeomanry) Royal Artillery

17 August 1943

Arthur was born in 1906 and the son of Albert Ernest and Mary Emmeline Collett of Wolvercote in Oxford.  He was buried at the Chungkai War Cemetery.

For further details of Arthur Henry Collett

see Part 38 – The Oxford Stonemasons Line (Ref. 38Q48)

 

The Chungkai War Cemetery is located at Kanchanaburi in Thailand (formerly Siam).  See further reference to Kanchanaburi at Francis Robert Charles Collett below.  There are three war cemeteries at Kanchanaburi and all of them built for the 13,000 prisoners of war that died during the construction of the Burma to Siam Railway.  Kanchanaburi is also situated on the River Kwai at the point where it divides into two separate rivers.

 

Collett, Chris. Charles

50 years

Rifleman D/8536

14th Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps

23 April 1941

He was buried at Aylesbury Cemetery – Grave 162, Sector 4.  Christopher Charles Collett was born at Poplar in 1890 the last child born to grocer John Collett and his wife Margaret, while John was the son of Stephen and Edith Collett of Poplar.

For further details of Christopher Charles Collett

see Part 69 – Other Cambridgeshire Families (Ref. 69O15)

Collett, Charles Harry

28 years

Second Lieutenant 180754

1st Derbyshire Yeomanry Royal Armoured Corp

2 September 1941

Charles was born in 1913 and was the son of Charles Otto and Ida Collett of Ewell.  A plaque carrying his name is at St John’s Crematorium in Woking – Panel 1.

Collett, Eric

30 years

Private 5381343

2nd Airborne Battalion Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry

24 March 1945

Eric was born in 1914 and was the son of Mr and Mrs Frederick Collett of Summertown in Oxford.  He was buried at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery at Kleve in Germany which was created for 7,594 Commonwealth servicemen after the end of the war.

Collett, Frederick Betmead

31 years

Driver T/154726

Royal Army Service Corp

9 October 1945

Frederick was born in 1914 and was the son of Joseph Thomas and Mary Jane Collett and husband of Betsy Amanda Collett of Grimsby.  He died five months after peace was declared and was buried at Becklingen War Cemetery in Northern Germany.

For further details of Frederick Betmead Collett and his family

see Part 18 – The Suffolk Line (Ref. 18R22)

Collett, Frederick John

35 years

Gunner 1100396

19th Field Regt Royal Artillery

21 February 1944

Frederick was born in 1908 and was the son of Albert and Lizzie Collett and husband of Muriel Alma Slatford of Bladon in Oxfordshire.  He was buried at the Anzio War Cemetery.

For further details of Frederick John Collett and his family

see Part 28 – The Faringdon Line (Ref. 28Q34)

Collett, Francis Robert Charles

24 years

Private 5826640

4th Battalion Suffolk Regiment

25 June 1943

He was buried at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery - see historical note above.

For further details of Francis Robert Charles Collett

see Part 18 – The Suffolk Line (Ref. 18R43)

Collett, Frederick William

39 years

Driver T/6216189

Royal Army Service Corp

3 July 1943

Frederick was born in 1904 and the husband of Emily Alice Collett of Tottenham.  He was buried at the Dely Ibrahim War Cemetery.  In the 1911 Census Frederick William was seven years old and was living with his father William John Collett, age 38, and his two older twin sisters Louisa Isabella and Maud Beatrice, who were eleven, within the Holborn district of London where Frederick William was born.

Collett, George Richard

33 years

Sapper 1927515

107th Army Field Company Royal Engineers

29 May 1940

George was born in 1907 and was the son of Harry and Mary Timms Collett and husband of Aileen Anderson Collett of Stockton-on-Tees in County Durham.  His name is included amongst those listed on the Dunkirk Memorial – Column 24.

For further details of George Richard Collett

see Part 18 – The Suffolk Line (Ref. 18Q68)

 

The Dunkirk Memorial stands at the entrance to the British War Graves Section of the Dunkirk Town Cemetery and commemorates more than 4,500 casualties of the British Expeditionary Force who died in the evacuation campaign, or after in captivity, who have no known grave.

 

Collett, Herbert Alfred

Lance Corporal 2367741

Royal Corp of Signals

11 September 1944

Collett, Herbert Charles

27 years

Sapper 1914006

82nd Assault Squadron Royal Engineers

8 July 1944

Herbert Charles was born in 1917 and was the son of John James Collett and Helen Mary Pepprell of St Helier on the isle of Jersey.  He was also the husband of Joyce Annie Collett of Manyant on Jersey and his siblings were Reginald Charles Collett and Ellen Maud Collett.  Herbert Charles Collett was buried at the Bayeux War Cemetery in France.

Collett, Harold Ernest George Henry

25 years

Second Lieutenant 194589

2nd Battalion Leicestershire Regt

26 November 1941

Harold was born in 1916 and was the son of Major Harold Stephen Collett and Irene Muriel Collett of Madras India.  He was buried at the Tobruk War Cemetery in Libya.

Collett, John

30 years

Gunner 1080057

61st Anti-Tank Regiment Royal Artillery

18 October 1942

John was born in 1912 and was the son of Arthur Lewis Collett and Rosa Punter of Kew and husband of Mary Alexandra Collett of Kew Green.  He was buried at El Alamein War Cemetery.

For further details of John Collett

see Part 18 – The Suffolk Line (Ref. 18Q155)

Collett, John Charles

Corporal 1871410

9th Field Company Royal Engineers

10 July 1943

His name is included amongst those listed on the Brookwood Memorial – Panel 5, Column 1.

Collett, John Frederick

27 years

Private 4919271

1st Battalion Durham Light Infantry

15 December 1944

John was born in 1917 and was the son of Frederick and Constance Collett of Stourbridge in Worcestershire.  He was buried at the Forli War Cemetery.

For further details of John Frederick Collett

see Part 48 – The Dudley West Midland Line (Ref. 48P3)

 

The cemetery site at Forli was selected soon after the British Eighth Army took Forli in November 1944 and graves were brought into it from the surrounding battlefields.  Many of those buried there lost their lives in the heavy fighting between Rimini and Ravenna which took place in appalling weather from October to December 1944.

 

Collett, John George

19 years

Gunner 889722

27th Field Regt Royal Artillery

10 May 1940

John was the son of Edith Collett of Tulse Hill in London.  He was buried at Dunkirk Town Cemetery – Special Memorial, Grave 15, Row 12, Plot 2.

Collett, John Lionel

18 years

Private 14679124

2nd Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

12 August 1944

John Lionel was born in 1926 and was the son of Lionel Albert and Kathleen Mary Collett of Henleaze in Bristol.  He was buried at the Bayeux War Cemetery.  Following his death, the Will of John Lionel Collett of Broadway Avenue in Henleaze was proved at Bristol on 27th June 1945 in favour of Lionel Arthur Collett, a colliery agent’s manager, in the sum of £304 3 Shillings.

Collett, Jesse Stanley Jack

27 years

Private 5676458

4th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry

29 June 1944

Jesse was born in 1917 and was the son of Charles William and Jessie Catherine Collett.  He was buried at St Manvieu War Cemetery.

For further details of Charles William John Collett and his family

see Part 1 – The Main Line (Ref. 1P111)

Collett, Philip George

38 years

Sapper 2145232

Royal Engineers

19 July 1944

Philip was born in 1906 the husband of Kate Collett of Downend near Mangotsfield, Bristol.  He was buried at the Downend Mangotsfield Cemetery – Grave 1486, Sector D.  In 1911 the census listed just George Collett who was five years old and living at Keynsham where his birth was also registered during 1906 under the name of Phil George Collett.

For further details of Philip George Collett and his family

see Part 64 – The Gloucestershire Upper Swell Line (Ref. 64Q23)

Collett, Percival William

21 years

Private 5125386

2nd Airborne Battalion South Staffordshire Regt

19 September 1944

Percival was born in 1923 and was the son of William Turner Collett and Janet Maud Collett and the husband of Edna May Collett of Wadborough in Worcestershire.  He was buried at Arnheim Oosterbeek War Cemetery and his name is included amongst those listed on the Stoulton War Memorial.

For further details of Percival William Collett and his family

see Part 57 – The Bakers of Abbots Morton in Worcestershire (Ref. 57A/Q1)

Collett, Rowland

20 years

Sapper 2156065

272nd Field Company Royal Engineers

22 April 1943

Rowland was born in 1922 and was the son of Henry Collett and Nesta Moore of Bootle, Liverpool, whose marriage was recorded at West Derby (Liverpool) register office (Ref. 8b 1449) during the third quarter of 1915.  His birth was recorded at Wolverhampton register office (Ref. 6d 1019) during the third quarter of 1922.  He was buried at Medjez El Bab War Cemetery.

Collett, Ronald Arthur

35 years

Sergeant 5618020

2nd Battalion Devonshire Regt.

2 August 1943

Ronald Arthur was born in Croydon in 1908, the son of Richard Henry and Rose Ellen Collett and husband of Susannah May Collett of New Wallbottle in Northumberland.  He was buried at Syracuse War Cemetery in Sicily.

For further details of Ronald Arthur Collett

see Part 30 – The Suffolk & Norfolk Line (Ref. 30Q37)

Collett, Ronald Colmer

21 years

Gunner 2039876

90th Field Regt

Royal Artillery

3 June 1941

Ronald was born in 1920 and was the son of Percy Colmer Collett and Rose Ann Maud Collett of Holloway in London.  He was buried at Tottenham Cemetery – Grave 10326.  It was his grandfather who was Colmer Collett whose birth was recorded at Hackney in 1853, the son of John and Mary Collett of Islington.  Colmer was an employee of the General Post Office and was married to Eliza with whom he had four children, the youngest being Percy Colmer Collett born in 1893..

Collett, Ronald Ernest

Private 6026915

Essex Regiment

22 February 1941

He was buried at Tewkesbury Cemetery – Grave 2943 in the old part of the cemetery.

Collett, Robert George

20 years

Private 14519019

5th Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry

27 August 1944

Robert was born in 1924 and was the son of John Percy and Lillian Violet Collett of St Austell in Cornwall.  He was buried at St Desir War Cemetery at Calvados.

For further details of Robert George Collett

see Part 21 – The Cornwall Line (Ref. 21S22)

 

St Desir War Cemetery is the most easterly of the Normandy cemeteries and those buried there died in the final stages of the campaign in pursuit of the German forces towards the Seine following the Normandy landings which began on 6th June 1944.

 

Collett Robert John

31 years

Private 14590673

2nd Battalion South Wales Borderers

8 July 1944

Robert was born in 1913 and was the son of John and Millicent Collett of Watermoor Gloucester and husband of Betty May Collett of Watermoor  He was buried at the Hottot les Bagues War Cemetery and his name is included amongst the list on the War Memorial in Cirencester.

For further details of Robert John and Betty May Collett

see Part 47 – The Fyfield Eastleach Martin Line (Ref. 47P6)

 

The Hottot-les-Bagues War Cemetery 14 km from Bayeux contains over 1,000 burials of who were involved in the heavy fighting in June and July 1944 as the Commonwealth forces tried to press on from Bayeux to capture the town of Caen.

 

Collett, Terence Alfred

19 years

Trooper 14650955

44th Regiment (7th Battalion The Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regt) Reconnaissance Copr R.A.C

6 February 1945

Terence was born in 1926 and was the son of Bertie John and Edith A Collett of Isleworth in Middlesex.  He was buried at the Forli War Cemetery.  In the 1911 Census Bertie Collett, who was born at Chelsea in 1906, was living with his parents Edward and Annie Collett and the rest of his family at Kensington in London.

Collett, Thomas Walter

29 years

Sergeant S/77635

Royal Army Service Corp

28 May 1941

Thomas was born around 1912 and his name is included amongst those listed on the Athens War Memorial – Face 8.

For further details of Thomas Walter Collett

see Part 33 – The Bourton-on—the-Water Line (Ref. 33Q44)

 

The Athens War Memorial stands within Phaleron War Cemetery, which lies a few kilometres to the south-east of Athens, at the boundary between old Phaleron district and Kalamaki district, on the coast road from Athens to Vouliaghmen.

 

Collett, Walter James

36 years

Lance Corporal 6619226

Corp of Military Police

28 May 1940

Walter was born in 1904 and was the son of Mr and Mrs F F Collett and husband of Mary Ann Collett of Finchley in London.  He was buried at the Olonne Sur Mer Communal Cemetery – Grave 19, Row 8.  Walter’s parents were actually William and Lydia Frances Collett and in the 1911 Census Walter James was living with his family in Hackney where he was six years old.  His father William was born in 1877 and came from Brentford.

Collett, William Joseph

31 years

Private 7535348

Royal Army Medical Corp

14 February 1942

William’s name is included amongst those listed on the Singapore War Memorial – Column 105 - - see historical note above.

For further details of William Joseph Collett

see Part 47 – The Fyfield Eastleach Martin Line (Ref. 47P20)

Collett, Yves

45 years

Sapper 1848666

3rd Stevedore Battalion Royal Engineers

6 September 1940

Yves was born in 1895 on the island of Guernsey and was buried at the Coventry London Road Cemetery – Grave 44, Square 348.  When he was sixteen years of age he was working as a carrier at St Sampson on Guernsey, the home of Mrs Jeanne Gosky, a manager from France, when his place of birth was stated as Plehoul (?).  Rather curiously, his death was recorded at Coventry register office (Ref. 6d 1082) during the third quarter of 1940.

Collett(e), Herbert Frank

31 years

Gunner 1089347

121st Field Regt Royal Artillery

1 July 1942

Herbert Frank was the husband of Winifred Hilda Collette of Brixton in London.  His name is included amongst those listed on the El Alamein War Memorial – Column 34.  The birth of Herbert F S Collette was recorded at Wandsworth register office (Ref. 1d 652) during the last quarter of 1910.  His mother was Edith Mary Seaman and his father, Herbert Tom Collett, was born at Gloucester in 1881 who, in 1901, was a milk carrier in Streatham, just south-east of Wandsworth.  In April 1911 Herbert Frank Collette was five months old and was living at Wandsworth in London with his family.  By the time of the 1939 Electoral Roll, Herbert Frank Collette was living at 52 Effra Parade in Norwood, Middlesex, with his mother Edith Mary Collette and his wife Winifred Hilda Collette.

It was during the third quarter of 1938 that ‘Bert Collette’ married Winifred H Mead at Lambeth (Ref. 1d 857).  Hilda was born at Weybridge in Surrey, her birth recorded at Chertsey register office (Ref. 2a 99) during the second quarter of 1912 and she died at Strood in Kent during 1999.  The birth of his father, as Herbert Tom Collett, was recorded at Gloucester (Ref. 6a 301) during the last quarter of 1881, the son of Henry and Emily Collett who were residing at Peckham in the London parish of North Camberwell in 1891.  Henry was 44 and Emily was 38 on that census day, when Herbert F Collett was 10 years old.  Herbert had two sisters, Dorothy (born in 1905) and Madeleine Emily (1907–1989).

Herbert’s father, Herbert Tom Collett (1881-1922), was born at 93 Falkner Street in Barton St Micheal, Gloucester, the son of Henry Collett (b. 1837) and Emily Richings (b 1853).  On the day he married Edith Mary Seaman, of 50 High Road in Streatham, London, the address for Herbert Frank Collett was 22 Angles Road in Streatham.  Herbert’s grandfather, Henry Collett was baptised at Sandford-on-Thames, just south of Oxford, on 11th April 1837, the eldest child of publican William Collett and his wife Elizabeth.

Collett(e), William Alfred

25 years

Lance Bombardier CEY/216

Ceylon Royal Artillery

2 July 1944

He was buried at Liveramentu, Colombo in Ceylon.

 

ROYAL NAVY

 

Collett, Albert Harry

29 years

Stoker 1st Class P/KX88439

HMS Submarine Tempest

23 February 1942

Albert was born in 1913 and was the son of Florence Collett of Kempsey in Worcestershire.  His name is included amongst those listed on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial – Panel 68, Column 2.  At the time of the census of 1911 Florence Collett of Kempsey, who was born in 1883, was living there with her husband Ernest Collett who was born in 1872, by which time she already had three young children.  Ernest was born at Besford near Pershore where his father George Collett had also been born in 1828.

 

HMS Tempest was a new submarine and set out from Birkenhead on 1st January 1942 bound for Gibraltar.  By early February it was at Malta and on 10th set out for the Gulf of Taranto.  Two days into the voyage and accompanied by HMS sub Una they encountered a neutral safe ship the tanker Lucania which, in error, the Una torpedoed and sank.  This resulted in a ferocious depth-charge attack by a German destroyer which lasted for 18 hours and which eventually sank the Tempest.  Of the 62 crew on board 23 survived only to be made prisoners of war.

 

Collett, Charles Allen

17 years

Boy 1st Class D/JX158831

HMS Glorious

8 April 1940

Charles was born in 1923 and was the son of Emily Mary Collett of Godreaman of Glamorgan.  His name is included amongst those listed on the Plymouth Naval Memorial – Panel 39, Column 2.

 

HMS Glorious was an aircraft carrier and was sunk by two German battle cruisers the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau on 18th June 1940 during a journey between Narvik in Norway and Scapa Flow.  In April, when Charles died, the boat was in the Mediterranean and based out of Malta.

 

Collett, Cecil Ernest

27 years

Sergeant PLY/X101104

Royal Marines

13 March 1943

Cecil was born on 8th February 1915 and was the son of Albert Ernest and Kate Millicent Collett.  His name is included amongst those listed on the Plymouth Naval Memorial – Panel 83, Column 3.

For further details of Cecil Ernest Collett

see Part 19 – The Oxfordshire International Line (Ref. 19R18)

Collett, Ivan Ernest

23 years

Corporal PO/X4890

Royal Marines

6 January 1944

Ivan was born in 1921 and was the son of Frank and Sarah Huff Collett of Kenilworth in Warwickshire.  He was buried at the Syracuse War Cemetery in Sicily.  His mother was killed three years earlier – see Sarah Huff Collett.

For further details of the family of Frank Collett and Sarah Huff Collett

see Part 15 – The Kenilworth Line (Ref. 15N35)

Collett, Jack Arnold

29 years

Petty Officer Stoker P/KX82128

HMS Hollyhock

9 April 1942

Jack’s name is included amongst those listed on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial – Panel 67, Column 3.  His birth was recorded at Fulham register office (Ref. 1a 644) during the first three months of 1912, when his mother’s maiden name was stated as being Groves.

Collett, John Edward

20 years

Ordinary Seaman P/JX167707

HMS Esk

1 September 1940

John was born in 1920 and was the son of Edgar and Florence Collett of Dudley in Worcestershire.  His name is included amongst those listed on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial – Panel 39, Column 3.  Edgar Collett may have been Edgar Boden Alexander Collett who was born at Aston in Birmingham during 1900. 

For further details of the family of Edgar Boden Alexander Collett

see Part 34 – The Appleford Berkshire Line (Ref. 34R7)

 

HMS Esk was one of three Royal Navy destroyers that were sunk when they sailed into German minefield off the coast of Holland in 1940.

 

Collett, Leonard Stanley

20 years

Able Seaman C/JX312786

HMS Blean

11 December 1942

Leonard was born in 1922 and was the son of Fred and Maud Collett of Gorse Hill in Swindon.  His name is included amongst those listed on the Chatham Naval Memorial. 

For further details of Leonard Stanley Collett

see Part 28 – The Faringdon Line (Ref. 28P102)

Collett, Phyllis Anne

23 years

Petty Officer Wren 11235

HMS St Angelo Women’s Royal Naval Service

30 August 1945

Phyllis was born in 1922 and was the daughter of Arthur Preston Collett and Sheila Collett of Felixstowe in Suffolk.  She was buried at the Mazargues War Cemetery in Marseilles – Grave 31, Row A, Plot 11.

For further details of Phyllis Anne Collett

see Part 18 – The Suffolk Line (Ref. 18Q18)

 

The Mazargues War Cemetery at the Bouches-du-Rhone in Marseilles contains the graves of 267 service men and women killed during the Second World War, in addition to nearly 1,500 men from the First World War.

 

Collett, Stanley John 22 years

Able Seaman P/JX143881

HMS Hood

24 May 1941

His name is included amongst those listed on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial – Panel 47, Column 3.  He was born at Surbiton in Surrey on 14th June 1918.

This is not Stanley John Collett

see Part 71 – The Lambeth and Bermondsey Collett (Ref. 71Q12)

Collett, Wilfred

25 years

Marine PLY/X120162

HMS Nile Royal Marines

2 May 1945

Wilfred was born in 1920 and was the son of William and Dorothy Collett and husband of Alice Evelyn Collett of Newport in Monmouthshire.  His name is included amongst those listed on the Chatby Military War Memorial at Alexandria.

For further details of Wilfred Collett

see Part 44 – The Wiltshire to New Zealand Line (Ref. 44Q23)

 

ROYAL AIR FORCE

 

Collett, Alexander Albert

22 years

Sergeant 1338398

60 Squadron Volunteer Reserve

22 October 1944

Alexander was born in 1922 and was the son of H E and Edith Collett of Fulham.  His name is included amongst those listed on the Singapore War Memorial - - see historical note above.

Collett, Albert Leslie

Squadron Leader (Pilot) 45488

83 Squadron

27 April 1944

Albert was born at Penryn in Cornwall in 1911 and was killed in action over Germany while flying a Lancaster out of RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.  He was awarded the Air Force Cross and was buried at the Durnbach Cemetery 30 miles south of Munich – Grave 3.  Known as Leslie, he was the son of James Arthur Collett and Lillie Hutchings of Penryn.

For further details of Albert Leslie Collett

see Part 21 – The Cornwall Line (Ref. 21R75)

Collett, George Richard

24 years

Sergeant 745500

54 Squadron Volunteer Reserve

22 August 1940

George Richard was born in 1916 and was the son of George Clemson Collett and Elizabeth Mary Collett of Luton.  He was buried at the Bergen-op-Zoom War Cemetery in Holland.

For further details of George Richard Collett

see Part 18 – The Suffolk Line (Ref. 18R12)

Collett, Irene Daisy

19 years

Aircraftwomen 2nd Class 2148006

Women’s Auxiliary Air Force

16 February 1943

Irene was born in 1924 and was the daughter of Mr and Mrs J I Collett of Ham in Richmond.  She was buried in the churchyard at St Andrews Church in Ham – Grave 7, Row 6.

Collett, Stanley John

22 years

Flight Sergeant 1186962

Volunteer Reserve

19 August 1942

Stanley was born in 1920 and was the son of Ernest Reginald John and Emma Elizabeth Collett of Chippenham in Wiltshire.  His name is included amongst those listed on the Runnymede Memorial – Panel 73.

For further details of the family of Ernest Reginald John and Emma Elizabeth Collett see Part 33 – The Bourton-on-the-Water (Ref. 33Q4)

Collett, Vincent James

Aircraftman 1st Class 1305768

244 Squadron Volunteer reserve

31 July 1944

Vincent’s name is included amongst those listed on the El Alamein War Memorial – Column 282.

Collett, Wilfred Ira

28 years

Squadron Leader (Pilot) 34232

75 (NZ) Squadron

4 August 1940

Wilfred was born in 1912 and was the son Edgar Arnold and Louise Amy Collett of Gisborne, Auckland in New Zealand and the husband of Doreen Williamson Collett.  He was buried at St Nicholas’ Churchyard in Feltwell where the squadron of Wellington bombers was based prior to a move to No. 3 Group at Mildenhall in August 1940.

For further details of Wilfred Ira Collett

see Part 6 – The New Zealand Line (Ref. 6Q15)

 

MERCHANT NAVY

 

Collett, George Dennis

18 years

Cook

SS Sampa

27 February 1945

George was born in 1927 and was the son Frederick Thomas Charles and Selina Elizabeth Collett of Battersea.  His name is included amongst those listed on the Tower Hill Memorial – Panel 91.

 

AUSTRALIA

 

Collett, Arthur John

22 years

Private NX26777

Australian Infantry

16 February 1942

Arthur was born in 1920 and was the son of Edward Charles and Mildred Collett of Hurstville in New South Wales.  He was buried at Kranji War Cemetery –- see historical note above relating to the Singapore War Memorial.  Two other brothers of this family died during the war – see Frederick George Collett and Robert Edward Collett

Collett, Arthur William

53 years

Private N.100659

Australian Headquarters

11 December 1943

Arthur was born in 1886 and was the son of Philip and Minnie Collett and the husband of Florence Ida Collett of Guildford.  He was buried at the Sydney War Cemetery.

For further details of the family of Arthur William Collett

see Part 20 – The Suffolk to Australia Line (Ref. 20Q36)

Collett, Cyril Horace

26 years

Corporal Q28056

Australian Infantry

29 August 1942

Cyril was born at Cairns in 1916 and was the son of George Henry and Kate Collett of Auchenflower in Queensland.  He was killed at Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea and was buried at the Bomana War Cemetery at Port Moresby.

For further details of Cyril Horace Collett

see Part 14 – The John Kyte Collett Line (Ref. 14P9)

 

The Port Moresby Memorial stands behind the cemetery and commemorates almost 750 men of the Australian Army (including Papua and New Guinea local forces), the Australian Merchant Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force who lost their lives in the operations in Papua and who have no known graves.

 

Collett, Clifford Henry

36 years

Bombardier VX28332

Royal Australian Artillery

14 July 1943

Clifford was born in 1907 and was the son of Edwin Arthur and Margaret Annie Collett and the husband of May Eaton Collett of Sunbury in Victoria.  He was buried at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery.

For further details of Clifford Henry Collett

see Part 8 – The Australia Line (Ref. 8Q27)

Collett, Clarence James

24 years

Private SX11962

Australian Infantry

27 October 1943

Clarence was born at Strathalbyn in 1919 and was the son of John Williamson Collett and Myrtle Collett of Strathalbyn in South Australia.  He was buried at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, having been a prisoner of war and forced to work on the Burma railway.

For further details of Clarence James Collett

see Part 60 – The Cambridgeshire to Australia Line (Ref. 60Q35)

Collett, Frederick George

21 years

Private NX27464

Australian Infantry

3 February 1942

Frederick was born in 1921 and was the son of Edward Charles and Mildred Collett of Hurstville in New South Wales.  His name is included amongst those listed on the Singapore War Memorial, Column 132 - see historical note above.  Two other brothers of this family died during the war – see Arthur John Collett and Robert Edward Collett

Collett, George Leonard

24 years

Private WX26879

Australian Infantry

10 July 1945

George Leonard was born in 1921 and was the son of William James and Ruby Marion Collett of Bussellton in Western Australia.  His name is included amongst those listed on the Labuan War Cemetery.

Collett, Keith Charles

23 years

Corporal VX41760

Australian Infantry

15 July 1942

Keith was born in 1919 and was the son of William Joseph and Cecilia Evelyn Collett of Thornton in Victoria.   He was buried at El Alamein War Cemetery.  His brother was also killed during the war – see Leonard Grant Collett.

Collett, Leonard Grant

22 years

Private VX41756

24th Battalion Australian Infantry

22 July 1942

Leonard Grant was born in 1920 and was the son of William Joseph and Cecilia Evelyn Collett of Ringwood in Victoria.  His name is included amongst those listed on the El Alamein Memorial – Column 91.   His brother was also killed during the war – see Keith Charles Collett.

Collett, Malcolm Ernest

22 years

Flying Officer 416414

Royal Australian Air Force

22 May 1944

Malcolm was born in 1922 and was the son of Ernest Budd Collett and Kathleen Mary Collett of Burnside in South Australia.  He was buried at the Caserta War Cemetery near Naples in Italy.

For further details of the family of Ernest and Kathleen Collett

see Part 29 – The Turkdean Line (Ref. 29P2)

Collett, Robert Edward

25 years

Private NX57550

Australian Army Service Corp

18 February 1944

Robert was born in 1919 and was the son of Edward Charles and Mildred Collett of Hurstville in New South Wales.  He was buried at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery.  Two other brothers of this family died during the war – see Arthur John Collett and Frederick George Collett.

Collett, Robert Hope Bruce

21 years

Driver V76789

Australian Army Service Corp

27 December 1941

Robert was born in 1920 and was the son of Charles Robert and Myrtle Collett of Newtown in Victoria.  He was buried at the Alice Springs Cemetery – Grave 9, Row B, Plot M.

For further details of Robert Hope Bruce Collett

see Part 22 – The Somerset & Wiltshire Line (Ref. 22Q8)

 

CANADA

 

Collett, Stanley Hugh

33 years

Gunner H/54906

Royal Canadian Artillery

23 October 1940

Stanley was born in 1907 and was the son of Ada Collett of Portage la Prairie where he was buried at the Hillside Cemetery – Grave 6, Block 2, Lot 365.

Collette, Henry Alexander

23

Private C/54307

9 Battalion Stormont Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders RCIC

8 July 1944

Henry was born in 1921 and was the son of Mose and Edith Collette and the husband of Emily Collette of Hampstead in London.  He was buried at the Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery in Reviers.  The birth of Henry Alexander Collett was recorded Glengarry-Stormont just prior to the census day in 1921, when living their with his mother.

Collette, Hector J

28 years

Corporal G/18259

Carleton and York Regiment Royal Canadian Infantry Corp

22 April 1944

Hector was born in 1916 and was the son of Joseph and Marguerite Collette of Girouardville, Kent County in New Brunswick, Canada.  He was buried at the Moro River Canadian War Cemetery.

Collett, Alfred John

Pilot Officer (Air Gunner) J/89954

460 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force

11 June 1944

Alfred was buried at the Viroflay New Communal Cemetery – Grave 23, Row B.

For further details of the family of Alfred John Collett

see Part 65 – The London Shoreditch Line (Ref. 65R2)

Collett, Joseph Harrington

29 years

Sergeant

(Air Gunner)

Royal Canadian Air Force

12 May 1943

Joseph was born in 1914 and was the son of Joseph Harrington Spedding Collett and Frances Gertrude Collett and the husband of Stella Elizabeth Collett of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada.  He was buried at Stratford-on- Avon Cemetery – Grave 4173.

For further details of the family of Joseph Harrington Spedding Collett

see Part 23 – The Wiltshire to Australia Line (Ref. 29P17)

Collett, Russell Thomas Joshua

28 years

Warrant Officer Class II

R/77329

214 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force

20 September 1942

Russell was born in 1914 and was the son of Stanley and Minnie Collett nee Pascoe and the husband of Aurora E Collett nee Ferrier of St Marguerita Station in the Province of Quebec, Canada.  He was buried at the Durnbach War Cemetery.

 

NEW ZEALAND

 

Collett, Henry William Amner

20 years

Sergeant (Observer) 412468

101 Squadron Royal New Zealand Air Force

16 November 1942

Henry was born in 1922 and was the son of Henry Charles and Annie Mildred Collett of Waipawa, Hawkes Bay in New Zealand.  He was buried at Tywyn Cemetery – Grave 287, Row 6, Class 2.

For further details of Henry William Amner Collett

see Part 6 – The New Zealand Line (Ref. 6Q12)

 

SOUTH AFRICA

 

Collett, E B

22 years

Trooper 233012V

Natal Mounted Rifles of the South African Forces

23 May 1944

E B was born in 1922 and was the son of Edwin A H and Bernhild E Collett of Kimberley in Cape Province, South Africa.  He was buried at Caserta War Cemetery.

Collett H D

Sergeant 9396

Die Middelandse Regiment S A F

8 October 1941

H D was buried at the Hadra War Memorial Cemetery in Alexandria.

H D was Herbert Duncan who was born 1910 the husband of Catherine Collett and the son of John Alexander Collett and Gladys Mitford Pringle Bowker.

For further details of Herbert Duncan Collett

see Part 13 – The South Africa Line (Ref. 13R1)

Collett, Harold P W

Trooper 214349

7th Reconnaissance South African Tank Corp

17 June 1942

Harold was buried at the Tobruk War Cemetery.

Collett, Anthony Ewart

20 years

Lieutenant (Pilot)

328483V

184 Squadron South African Air Force

27 December 1944

Anthony was born in 1924 and was the son of Colonel Ewart James Collett and Helen Liesching Greaves of Middelburg in Cape Province, South Africa.  He was buried at the Rheinberg Was Cemetery,

For further details of Anthony Ewart Collett

see Part 13 – The South Africa Line (Ref. 13Q64)

 

CIVILIANS

 

Collett, Agnes Elizabeth

50 years

 

 

14 November 1940

Agnes was the wife of Hugh Wilfred Collett of 49 St John Street in Coventry.  She died at the Armstrong-Siddeley Works in Parkside with her husband and her two sons – see Hugh Wilfred Collett, Cyril Ernest Collett and Sidney Albert Collett.  Agnes was born on 20 April 1891 at Coventry the daughter of George and Mary Barnett and was buried at the Coventry County Borough Cemetery in London Road.

For further details of Agnes Collett and her family

see Part 15 – The Kenilworth & Coventry Line (Ref. 15O38)

Collett, Arthur Sydney Gubbins

57 years

 

 

22 June 1941

Arthur was born in 1884 and was the son of Spencer Collett and the husband of Florence May Collett of 12 Blechynden Terrace in Southampton.  He died at the Railway Tavern in Blechynden Terrace with his wife and was buried at Southampton County Borough Cemetery.

For further details of Arthur Sydney Gubbins Collett

see Part 46 – The Charlton-on-Otmoor Oxon Area Line (Ref. 46P23)

Collett Cyril Ernest

17 years

 

 

14 November 1940

Cyril was the youngest son of Hugh Wilfred and Agnes Elizabeth Collett of 49 St John Street in Coventry.  He died at the Armstrong-Siddeley Works in Parkside with his father, mother and older brother – see Hugh Wilfred Collett, Agnes Elizabeth Collett and Sidney Albert Collett.  Cyril was born on 3 May 1923 at Coventry and was buried at the Coventry County Borough Cemetery in London Road.

For further details of Cyril Ernest Collett and his family

see Part 15 – The Kenilworth & Coventry Line (Ref. 15P29)

Collett, Charles Thomas

63 years

 

 

15 March 1941

Charles Thomas was born in 1878, the husband of Mrs C E Collett of Bream Gardens in East Ham/Barking, Essex.  He died, just around the corner from Bream Gardens, at 22 Hameway, in London, and was buried at nearby East Ham Borough Cemetery.  Charles, who was 33 and born at Chelsea, had been a house painter in 1911, when he and Caroline Ellen, aged 32, were living at 35 Wingford Road in Clapham Park in South London.  On that census day, the couple’s two children, Esther Joyce Collett aged five and John Collett who was one year old, were living with them.  Charles was the son of William and Elizabeth Collett and had an older brother William.

Collett, Doreen

10 years

 

 

3 March 1943

Doreen was born in 1933 and was the daughter of Charles Thomas Collett and Rose Emma Froggitt of 9 Stainsbury Street.  She died in the Bethnal Green tube station shelter accident alongside her mother and her brother who later died in hospital – see Rose Emma and Ronald Collett.  She was buried at Bethnal Green Metropolitan Borough Cemetery with her mother.

Collett, David Lewis

55 years

 

 

24 February 1944

David Lewis was born in 1889 and was the husband of Mrs Rose Collett of Elborough Street in Wandsworth.  He died at Merton Road and was buried at Wandsworth Metropolitan Cemetery.  The marriage of David L Collett and Rose Turney was recorded at Wandsworth register office (Ref. 1d 1415) during the third quarter of 1914.

Collett, Florence Alice

51 years

 

 

13 July 1944

Florence Alice was born in 1893 and was the wife of Leonard Edward Collett of 203 Southend Lane in Lewisham.  She died at 352 Bromley Road and was buried Lewisham Metropolitan Borough Cemetery.  The marriage of Edward Leonard Collett and Florence Alice Kilner took place at St James’ Church in Bermondsey on 20th August 1921.  Leonard was 25 and the son of James Thomas Collett, and Florence was 28 and the daughter of William Kilner.

For further details of Florence Alice Collett, nee Kilner,

see Part 71 – The Lambeth and Bermondsey Collett (Ref. 71O28)

Collett, Florence Mary

58 years

 

 

22 June 1941

Florence was born in 1883 and was the wife of Arthur Sydney Gubbins Collett of 12 Beckynden Terrace in Southampton and the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Eliza) Ransom.  She died at the Railway Tavern in Beckynden Terrace with her husband – see Arthur Sydney Gubbins Collett.  She was buried at the Southampton County Borough Cemetery.

For further details of Arthur Sydney Gubbins Collett

see Part 46 – The Charlton-on-Otmoor Oxon Area Line (Ref. 46P23)

Collett, Hugh Wilfred

51 years

 

 

14 November 1940

Hugh was born on 26 May 1886 at Coventry, the son of Joseph Collett a fishmonger.  He was the husband of Agnes Elizabeth Collett of 49 St John Street in Coventry and died at the Armstrong-Siddeley Works in Parkside with his wife and two sons – see Agnes Elizabeth Collett, Cyril Ernest Collett and Sidney Albert Collett.  He was buried at the Coventry Borough Cemetery in London Road.

For further details of Hugh Wilfred Collett and his family

see Part 15 – The Kenilworth & Coventry Line (Ref. 15O38)

Collett, John Charles

40

 

 

19 April 1941

John was born in 1901 and was a War Reserve Police Officer of 22 Beamish Road in Wandsworth.  He was the son of John Harvey and Alice Collett of Mount Pleasant Farm at Ellenhall in Staffordshire.  He died at the Castle Hotel on Putney Bridge in Wandsworth and was buried at the Wandsworth Metropolitan Cemetery.

For further details of John Charles Collett

see Part 11 – The Welford-on-Avon Line (Ref. 11Q39)

Collett, John Horace

41 years

 

 

3 December 1940

John was born in 1899 and was the husband of Mrs C M Collett of 10T Block in the Peabody Building in Hammersmith.  He died at 49 Queen Caroline Street in Hammersmith and was buried at the Hammersmith Metropolitan Cemetery.  He was the son of John Morgan and Maud Louisa Collett, the family living in Fulham in 1911.

Collett, Marguerite

43 years

 

 

17 February 1942

Marguerite was born in 1899 of 21 Golf View Road in Kuala Lumpur in Malaya and was the wife of Mr J R W Collett.  She was buried at sea off the SS Tanjong Penang.

For further details of Marguerite Collett

see Part 34 – The Appleford Berkshire Line (Ref. 34Q13)

Collett, Ronald

8 years

 

 

3 March 1943

Ronald was born in 1935 and was the son of Charles Thomas Collett and Rose Emma Froggitt of 9 Stainsbury Street.  He was injured in the Bethnal Green tube station shelter accident in which his mother and sister both died and in which he died later that same day at the London Hospital – see Rose Emma Collett and Doreen Collett.  He was buried at Stepney Metropolitan Borough Cemetery -

Collett, Rose Emma

50 years

 

 

3 March 1943

Rose Emma Froggitt was born in 1893 and was the wife of Charles Thomas Collett of 9 Stainsbury Street, who was born in 1886, whom she married at Mile End in 1917.  She died in the Bethnal Green tube station accident with her daughter and alongside her injured son who later died in hospital – see Doreen Collett and Ronald Collett.  She was buried at the Bethnal Green Metropolitan Cemetery with her daughter.  Apparently Charles and Rose had four further children George, Alfred, Rose and Charles although this still needs to be confirmed.

Collett, Sidney Albert

19 years

 

 

14 November 1940

Sidney was born on 26 December 1920 at Coventry and was the son of Hugh Wilfred and Agnes Elizabeth Collett of 49 St John Street in Coventry.  He died at the Armstrong-Siddeley Works in Parkside with his father, mother and his brother – see Hugh Wilfred Collett, Agnes Elizabeth Collett and Cyril Ernest Collett.  He was buried at the Coventry County Borough Cemetery in London Road.

For further details of Sidney Albert Collett and his family

see Part 15 – The Kenilworth & Coventry Line (Ref. 15P28)

Collett, Sarah Huff

51 years

 

 

7 November 1940

Sarah was a member of the Women’s Voluntary Service and was the wife of Frank Collett of 7 Arthur Street in Kenilworth.  She died at home at 7 Arthur Street and was buried at Kenilworth Urban District Council Cemetery.  Sarah died three years before her son who was killed in action in Sicilysee Ivan Ernest Collett.

For further details of the family of Frank Collett and Sarah Huff Collett

see Part 15 - The Kenilworth Line (Ref. 15N35)

Collett, Trevor David

29 years

 

 

1 July 1942

Trevor was born in 1913 and was on Emira Island when he died.  He was the son of Thomas and Lucretia Esther Collett and the husband of Olga Muriel Collett.  As a prisoner of war, he was buried at sea on the MV Montevideo Maru when it was sunk by the US submarine Sturgeon.

For further details of Trevor David Collett

see Part 28 - The Faringdon Line (Ref. 28P28)

Collett, Violet

18 years

 

 

7 October 1940

Violet was born in 1922 and was the daughter of Mr H J Collett of 41 Sudbury Crescent in Downham Lewisham.  She died at 234 Downham Way and was buried at Lewisham Metropolitan Cemetery.