Collier Charles Ernest Pte. 4687440
Name Collier Charles Ernest
Army number 4687440
Decorations None as far as is known, beyond his WW2 service medals.
Date of birth 5/3/1909 at Mexborough, Yorkshire.
Age 80 years of age at the time of his death.
Unit Enlisted in the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry - date not known (Enlistment Books missing). Transferred to The Durham Light Infantry 18/4/1940. Posted to the 10th Bn DLI. Served B.E.F. Taken Prisoner of War 20/5/1940 at Auberville, France (notification of PoW status received 12/7/1940). Repatriated at the end of the War. Relegated to the Class Z Army Reserve 22/1/1946.
Company/Battery C Company.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role
Joined Brigade 18-Apr-1940.
Wounded Not so far as is known.
Prisoner of War Captured at Auberville, France. Held in Stalag 20A Thorn (7) and 20B. Prisoner Number 7836.
Died/Killed in action Died 26/8/1989 at Doncaster. Buried in Doncaster's Thorne Cemetery (see family headstone above).
Home address Father - Albert Edwin Collier. Mother - Elizabeth Collier (nee Davies). In January 1938 he married Rachel Brickley in Thorne, Yorkshire.
Source table 10DLI
Thanks are due to the Find a Grave Website for access to the photograph of Private Collier's family headstone.