Collins, John Charles

John Charles Collins

John Charles Collins

Rank: Lance Sergeant

Regiment: 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment

Parents: Mr & Mrs John Collins

Brother: G J Collins

Address: 75 Emmanuel Road, Hastings

Other Info: Killed in action on 12th April 1917. According to CWGC, John died aged 33 and is remembered at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, on panel 20.

Published: May 1917

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Bulgin, Alfred Spencer

Alfred Spencer Bulgin

Alfred Spencer Bulgin

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal East Kent Regiment (The Buffs)

Grandfather: Mr Alfred Spencer Bulgin

Brother: Albert Edward Bulgin

Nephew: William Albert Bulgin

Address: 35 North Terrace, Halton, Hastings

Other Info: Died after being invalided to Melbourne from Egypt. Alfred is remembered on Hastings War Memorial.

Alfred’s AIF service papers can be viewed for free here.

 Published: May 1917

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Soan, E

E Soan

E Soan

Service: British Army

Wife: Mrs Soan

Address: Castle Hotel, Hastings

Other Info: Sent to the paper by ‘A Hastings Lad’, who said that the photographs were in his chum’s pocket when the bullet pierced his tunic, struck the cards, and finally rested inside a box containing cigarettes. “it was”, said the writer of the letter, “a very close shave for him. I am pleased to say he is one of the original Expeditionary Force which left England on August 12th 1914 and he is still going strong. He is a Hastings man and a constant reader of the ‘Observer’ and ‘Pictorial Advertiser’.”

Published: April 1917

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