70083 Sergeant John Halstead Collinge, DCM.
"C" Battery, 93rd Brigade R.F.A. Awarded the D.C.M. in the London Gazette of 26 June 1918. Awarded the Belgium Croix de Guerre in the London Gazette of 15 April 1918. Collinge was a native of Burnley, Lancashire.
The Burnley Express of 1918 reported: -
OUR FALLEN HEROES
DIED TWO HOURS BEFORE
Burnley Parents and their Wounded Son.
Mr. and Mrs. Collinge of 14, Ridge Row, Burnley, have lost their eldest son under tragic circumstances. After going unscathed through heavy fighting in France since Christmas 1915, Sergeant John Halstead Collinge was grieviously wounded, and his parents wired for. They immediately left for France, but were not fortunate enough to find him alive, his death from wounds having accurred two hours previously. This was last Saturday. The sergeant who was aged 26 years, and left Rowley Pit in January 1915, to enlist, had earned by his bravery two medals. The first award was the Belgium Croix de Guerre, and subsequently the Distinguished Conduct Medal for the following "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On the battery position being heavily shelled and the battery being ordered to withdraw, he led a team to remove the guns. Though several casualties were inflicted on the personnel, he succeeded in getting one gun away. He then led up a fresh team, and was successful in pulling away the remaining guns. He rendered invaluable assistance to his commanding officer, and showed the greatest coolness and determination". Sergeant Collinge was well known in town and was a cornet player in the Bank Hall Band. He was on the roll of honour of the Fullege Weslyan Chapel. Two cousins - Private Arthur Collinge, of Burnley and Private Sam Church, of Manchester have lost their lives in the present war.
The citation for the D.C.M. published in the London Gazette reads, "As reported in the newspaper article above".