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Date of Birth
Date of Death
5 Nov 1919
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Soldier or Civilian
Colin Campbell Daniels was born in Salford, Lancashire in 1894, the eldest of three children born to William Robert and Lily.
In 1901 he is seven years old and living at 52 Old Lane, Chadderton, Oldham, Lancashire. His father is working as a weighing machine fitter and his mother is at home looking after Colin, his five-year-old sister Edith and his two-year-old brother William.
On 31st August, 1914, Colin joined the Royal Engineers with a qualification as a skilled signalman. He was working as a weighing machine fitter for W.J. Avery Ltd, Soho Foundry, Birmingham at the time and described on his pension record as 5ft 11 inches tall.
In Luton in March 1918 Colin married Rhoda Hornsby.
His war service took him to Egypt, Belgium and France, and it was in Chemin Des Dames, France, on 27th May, 1918, that he was injured by being blown up and buried in a trench. He spent time in the No 1 Australian Hospital in Rouen before being sent back to the UK on 22nd June. He was suffering from headaches and shortness of breath and was diagnosed as having valvular heart disease, aggravated by war service. Colin was discharged as being physically unfit on 1st October, 1918.
Colin died in the Bute Hospital on 5th November 1919 and is buried in the cemetery on Rothesay Road. He was given a funeral with military honours, including a gun carriage and firing party from Biscot Camp. About 50 members of the Comrades of the Great War, of which Colin had been a member, were among those who followed the coffin to the cemetery from outside the Bute Restaurant. The cortege was led by the Comrades Band.
Colin had seconded the vote of thanks to Lady Wernher for the use of Luton Hoo Park for the 1919 drumhead memorial service. He was pictured, standing far right, with Lady Wernher and others at the event (slideshow below).