Private Thomas Collier

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

9 Oct 1918

Service Number


Place of Birth

Houghton Regis
United Kingdom

World War I Address

Stopsley Green
United Kingdom

Place of Death

United Kingdom

Grave Location

St Thomas' Churchyard
United Kingdom

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


The Luton News , 17th October 1918
Thomas Collier

Thomas Collier was born in Houghton Regis in 1890 and was one of eight children born to Edwin and Elizabeth Collier.  In 1914 he married Margaret Annie Reed in Luton and they had one son, Ralph.

He joined the army in December 1916 as a private in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps and, after training, was drafted to Salonika, serving at both Vardar and Monastir principally attending wounded and sick horses.

Whilst on this front he contracted malaria and made a good recovery. However, on his way home on leave he developed a chill at Southampton. He was sent to the No 4 War Hospital there in the hope the chill would pass in a few days. But, perhaps due to his previous illness, pneumonia set in and he died. Margaret and Ralph travelled to see him just before he passed away.

He died on October 9th, 1918, at the age of 28. Thomas's body was brought home the following Saturday for burial in St Thomas's Churchyard, Stopsley. A funeral service conducted by the Vicar, the Rev G. H. C. Shorting, took place there on Monday, October 14th, 1918. Thomas is also commemorated on the Stopsley War Memorial.

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Author: reedy52

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