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Alfred Edwin Collins was born in 1880, the son of Benjamin and Julia Collins. In 1901, the family were living at 10 Brunswick Street, by which date Alfred was a general labourer. Also at the property were his sisters, Lucy and Sarah. Alfred married Lydia Maud New in 1902, and the couple moved to 2 Court, 3 House, Bagnall Street, Springfields. At some point, Alfred worked for Mander Brothers Limited.

Alfred enlisted in the 4th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 9663). Unfortunately he was killed on 15 July 1918. He is commemorated at the Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, in France. He is also listed on the Springfields Roll of Honour and the Mander Brothers memorial. He is possibly also on the Monmoor & Victoria Works memorial, but it is not clear whether this is the same man.

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