W. R. Collett
Service no. S/20722
Rifleman, Rifle Brigade, 1st Battalion
Killed in action age 19 on 18 May 1917
Born in Battersea, lived in Stockwell
Son of Reuben John and Helen E. Collett, of 75, Tasman Rd., Stockwell, London.
Remembered at Brown’s Copse Cemetery, Roeux, Pas de Calais, France
National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918
COLLETT, W. R., Rifleman, Rifle Brigade.
Joining in June 1916 he was sent to the Western Front at the conclusion of his training and fought at St.Eloi and the Somme. He gave his life for King and country at the Battle of Arras on May 12th, 1917. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
“He died the noblest death a man may die,
Fighting for God, and right and liberty.”
75, Tasman Road, Landor Road, S.W.9.
Information from the 1911 census
The Collett family were living in 4 room at 75 Tasman Road in 1911. Reuben John Collett, 44, was a compositor born in Lambeth; Helen Eliza Collett, 44, was born in Battersea. They had had four children, three surviving: Leonard Collett, 21, was an engineer (turner); George Collett, 18, was a machine manager for a printer; William Reuben Collett, 13, was at school. All were born in Battersea.