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Frank Collins was 31 years old when he enlisted in the Durham Light Infantry (1st 5th Battalion Regiment No. 8119) in January 1916 and had only been in France since 6 October and serving in the field since 22 October when he was wounded in action on 9 November 1916 with shrapnel wounds to his left leg and thigh. He died of his wounds later that month on 29 November in hospital in Rouen, France.
His wife, Anne, received a telegraph on 27 November stating her husband was dangerously ill and that she might visit him at public expense. She confirmed this on 29 November stating that she would come with her brother, only to receive a telegraph the next day that he had died. He is buried at St Sever Cemetery, Rouen.

Frank was born in Wednesfield in about 1885, the son of Joseph Collins and Sarah Tomlinson. Joseph Collins established one of Wednesfield’s significant trap making businesses at the Vulcan Works on Graiseley Lane. Between 1913 and 1922 after Joseph’s death, Frank’s mother, Sarah, was trading as Joseph Collins & Sons, 72 Graiseley Lane, Wednesfield. She had been left a wealthy widow and owned considerable property in Wednesfield. Frank’s brothers, Arthur Collins, Albert Collins and Bert Amos Collins later took over the management of  Joseph Collins & Sons. Eventually the business became part of W&G Sidebotham’s, the trapmakers that exists at the Black Country Museum today.

Joseph and Sarah’s grave and a memorial to Frank Collins still stand at Wednesfield Cemetery.