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Medals to the Royal Engineers 1 month 1 week ago #74421

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QSA (3) Belmont, Modder River, Orange Free State (1644 L./Corpl: A. Collie, RE);
KSA (2) (1644 Serjt: A. Collie, RE);
1914 Star (1644 Q.M. Sjt. A. Collie. RE);
BWM and VM (1644 W.O. Cl. 1 A. Collie. RE);
MSM GV (1644 Supt: Cl: A. Collie, GHQ RE);
Army LS&GC GV 1st issue (1644 E.C.Q.M. Sjt: A. Collie, RE);
France, Third Republic, Medaille Militaire, silver, silver-gilt and enamels

Alexander Collie, who was born in Portsmouth and enlisted in the Royal Engineers at Aldershot, served in 7th Field Company, RE during the Boer War, and was present in operations in the Orange Free State and at Belmont and Modder River.

Next actively engaged in the Great War, he went out to France in August 1914 as a Quarter-Master Sergeant on the R.E’s Railway Transportation Establishment, in which capacity he served up until his death through wounds on 3 June 1918, aged 42 years.

He had been awarded the French Medaille Militaire in the rank of Engineer Clerk Quarter-Master Sergeant (LG 24 February 191), and the MSM as a Superintending Clerk at GHQ, RE (LG 1 January 1917), in the interim.

He is buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery, France.
Dr David Biggins
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