Joseph Collins was the youngest of three sons born to Isaac and Frances Collins. The couple also had a daughter, and in 1901 they all lived in Adrian Road, Abbots Langley. Isaac worked as a House Decorator. Joseph was born on 15th March 1894 at Abbots Langley.
At some point before the 1911 Census Joseph emigrated to Canada, and on 14th February 1916 he attested with the Canadian Forces. He noted that he was unmarried and gave his occupation as Farmer and his address at 2226, 12th Avenue, South-east Medicine Hat, Alberta (185 miles south east of Calgary). Also included on the Attestation Paper is Isaac Collins, noted as Joseph’s Next of Kin, and also identified living at the same address in Medicine Hat. It is not known if any other members of the Collins family emigrated from Abbots Langley.
Between 1910 and 1912 two Joseph Collins are listed in the Outgoing Passenger Records sailing to Canada. The first Joseph Collins, a Labourer, sailed on 14th July 1910 from Liverpool to Quebec on the SS “Corsican” (Allan Line Steamship Company). The ship was destined for Montreal and carried 1201 passengers. The second Joseph Collins did not give his occupation or date of birth, and sailed on 11 August 1910 from Liverpool to Quebec on the SS “Corsican”, which was finally destined for Montreal. It is not known if either of these men are the Joseph Collins from Abbots Langley.
Despite attesting in February 1916 the Abbots Langley Parish Magazine Roll of Honour did not list Joseph Collins until December 1916, when it was shown that he was serving with the Canadian Forces. He continued to be recorded with the Canadian Forces through to the end of the War.
Joseph Collins survived the War.