Eugene COLLINS and a link to the Royal Navy!

Another one of my recent Memorial card finds was for a Eugene COLLINS who died on 21st May 1925 aged 50 years and who was interred at Isleworth Cemetery on 27th May 1925 – unfortunately this time the card gave no clue to a spouse’s name.


The verse inside the card reads:

Mourn not for him whom God hath blest, And taken to His heavenly rest: Freed from all sorrow, grief and pain. Our loss is his eternal gain.


Using his year of birth of about 1875 / 1876 I have been able to find Eugene COLLINS on the 1911 census records living at 22 Percy Road in Isleworth in Middlesex where his occupation was shown as a Labourer – he was aged 35 having been born in Cork in Ireland and living with him were his wife Alice Mary COLLINS aged 33 and children Ernest aged 14, Thomas aged 9, Alice Kathleen aged 6, Winifred Ethel aged 4 and Eugene junior aged 2.

COLLINS 1911 census

Source Information: 1911 England Census Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 6812; Schedule Number: 348

Eugene COLLINS had married Alice Mary HURDLE in the July quarter of 1896 in Brentford Registration District.

Sadly as Eugene died in 1925 I am unable to find any more records about his life at this stage, however on a general search of his name I found a marriage record for his son Ernest COLLINS on the 3rd July 1920 to Caroline Elizabeth MILLS – her address is given as 29 Percy Road in Isleworth so only a few doors from the COLLINS 1911 address.

COLLINS son marriage 1920

Source Information: London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1932 Source Citation: London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Reference Number: DRO/169/A/02/002

The interesting fact is that Ernest COLLINS occupation is shown as Royal Navy serving on H.M.S Vulcan – here is some history of H.M.S Vulcan

Ernest COLLINS was born on 15th August 1897 and he joined the Royal Navy with Service Number L5108 on 13th January 1914 and first served on H.M.S Excellent and ended his service on 5th September 1928 on H.M.S Victory II


Source Information: UK, Royal Navy Registers of Seamen’s Services, 1848-1939 Source Citation: The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Royal Navy Registers of Seamen’s Services; Class: ADM 188; Piece: 998

Also by searching the British Newspaper Archive online I also found mention of the Late Eugene COLLINS when his son Thomas COLLINS married Mary Estella NEWTON in May 1939 at the Roman Catholic Church of St Bridget in Isleworth, where his brother Ernest from the Royal Navy was Best Man.

The great thing is that the newspaper report contained a photograph, so it gives us some idea of what his father Eugene COLLINS would have looked like.

COLLINS Middlesex Chronicle Saturday 3rd June 1939

Middlesex Chronicle Newspaper Saturday 3rd June 1939

As always if anyone has a link to the COLLINS family and would like the Memorial card to add to their family research and collection it would be lovely to hear from them.

It just goes to prove how much information you can find out about a family just from a name and date of death!!

Simon Last

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