Private Thomas William Collins


The background to this North Irish Horseman is not known for certain. He may have been the Thomas William Collins born on 2 January 1892 at Coagh, County Tyrone, the second of nine children of farmer Thomas Collins and his wife Elizabeth (nee Glendinning). The 1911 census shows him living with his parents and siblings at Coagh, his occupation given as 'Yeoman'. In 1914 he was a section leader in E Company of the Cookstown Battalion of the Ulster Volunteer Force.

Collins enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 20 August and 16 September 1910 (No.536 – later Corps of Hussars No. 71033). He embarked for France with A Squadron on 17 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

He remained with the regiment throughout the war. On 2 March 1919 he was transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.