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World War One / Re: Army Service Corps
« on: Tuesday 07 August 18 16:37 BST (UK)  »
you're a gem MaxD, thank you :)

World War One / Army Service Corps
« on: Friday 03 August 18 15:36 BST (UK)  »
Can anyone help with when/where my Grandad may have enlisted?

His name is Martin Collins
He was born in Loughrea, Co. Galway in 1895 and family rumour has it he signed up to get free passage to England and that he was in his teens.

I have so far found his RASC Roll of Individuals entitled to the Victory and British war Medals (page 6166)
It shows him as a Driver and his RASC No as T4/088619
while his 2/8 London Regt. Rifle. Bde. No as B/201877
& notes
RASC 9.1.16-25.9.17
2/8 London Regt. Rifle Brigade. 26.9.17 - 22.11.18
Retransferred RASC 23.11.18

written beneath that in red ink is something I can't read plus RASC/101B61

I can find no information about where and when he actually enlisted. Nor where and when he was demobbed

Any ideas would be welcomed please
Thank you

World War One / Re: Help re Martin Collins
« on: Wednesday 25 July 18 18:49 BST (UK)  »
Thank you.
No he wasnít still in the army when he married.
I canít find any reference to his war records which is frustrating.

It was a crucial time in his life and no records!

World War One / Re: Help re Martin Collins
« on: Wednesday 25 July 18 17:08 BST (UK)  »
Re Grandad Martin Collins: Born Loughrea Co. Galway 1895, probably in Woodford Co. Galway 1911, Married my Gran (Vesta) in London 1920.
But I can find nothing between 1911 and 1920.

My brothers memory re Martin 'joining up' is slightly different to mine.
" . .there was  a requirement for him to ride, it was a mounted regiment. All mounted regiments are called cavalry but not all have cavalry as part of their name and there were quite a number of mounted Irish regiments during that period.
He joined up to get free passage to England and although he had been bought up on a farm in Ireland and could ride he pretended he could not to delay going into active service"

Anyone have any ideas?

World War One / Re: Help re Martin Collins
« on: Saturday 23 June 18 06:02 BST (UK)  »
Thsnk you, yes that is the correct Martin. I also wondered about the Martin in Woodford but canít prove anything.
Although there is some confusion about his age when he enlisted, that he almost certainly lied about it has been consistant. Could it have been later in 1911 or in 1912?

World War One / Re: Help re Martin Collins
« on: Friday 22 June 18 23:21 BST (UK)  »
Thank you that is helpful
I'm told that he may only have been 15 or 16 when he enlisted (lying about his age) so that would have been in about 1910-1911

World War One / Help re Martin Collins
« on: Friday 22 June 18 22:49 BST (UK)  »
My father Edward Collins dies 4 days ago. I  would like to include information about his father, Martin Collins, at the funeral service.
Martin Collins was born 14 November 1895 in Ballinlough, Galway, Ireland, on a small farm called Abbey
He died Dec 1975 in Hendon, England.
He left the family farm in his early/mid teens as it could not support all the family and its 14 children.
He married my Grandmother Vesta Vick in Q1 1920.
Family memory says when he reached the mainland he enlisted (probably lying about his age) and that because he had come from a farming background they set him to work with the horses. The farm had been arable but he learnt fairly quickly.

I can't find any reference to a time in the services.
Can anyone help?

Many thanks


Galway / Pre 1820 records in Ballinakill / Woodford area
« on: Tuesday 24 October 17 17:11 BST (UK)  »
I have traced my Fathers line to Michael Collins B between about 1813-1818
He seems to be married to Honor (Norry) Halloran and I now have various records of quite a few children.
All seems to be based in the Ballinakill parish. 

In this parish records for Baptism didn't start until 1839 and for marriage in 1854.
I'm therefore stumped for going back any further, unless anyone has any suggestions or ideas to help.

Many thanks


Family History Beginners Board / Re: How can I be sure - Thomas Vick
« on: Wednesday 24 May 17 18:48 BST (UK)  »
Nor me.
I can find a Robert day with mothers maiden name of Day but it's way across the country

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