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Born in Ballarat, Grant, Victoria and a Fitter by Occupation, Herbert Alan Collins was 18 years and single when enlisted on the 19th of July 1915 in the 31st Battalion, D Company, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Private, Number 832. His Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 'Wandilla' on the 9th of November 1915. Admitted to Divisional Rest Station, 26 September 1916 (influenza); Appointed Lance Corporal, 1 October 1917. On leave to Paris on the 26th of December 1917; re-joined Battalion in the field, from leave on the 4th of January 1918. On leave to United Kingdom, 17 January 1918; re-joined Battalion, in the field, from leave, 6 February 1918. Awarded Meritorious Service Medal, 17 June 1918. Promoted Temporary Corporal, 1 August 1918. Wounded in action, 30 September 1918 (phosphorous gas), and admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, and reverted to Lance Corporal; Awarded Military Medal. Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Lancashire' on the 7th of February 1919; disembarked Melbourne on the 31st of March 1919; discharged (medically unfit), Melbourne on the 19th of August 1919.Medals Meritorious Service Medal: 'This man has been a D Company runner in the Battalion ever since its formation. He has done splendid work in the action at Fleurbaix, in the Somme operations (including the taking of Bapaume) and also in the operations around Ypres during September and October, 1917. He has repeatedly carried important messages from Company to Battalion Headquarters under heavy fire, and has always set a splendid example to the other runners of the Battalion.' Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110 Date: 25th of July 1918. Family/military connections Brother: 831 Sergeant Frank Austin Collins, 31st Battalion, returned to Australia on the 20th of December 1917. Other details War service: Egypt, Western Front Miscellaneous details Name entered incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as Hubert Allan Collins. Tree No. 3326