Saturday, 4 July 2015

Collinge, Harry - Private (26918)

(No soldier photo available)
11th Battalion,
East Lancashire Regiment,
Killed in Action,
5th September 1918,
Age 26
Commemorated Ploegsteert Memorial.

Newspaper Report:

News is to hand that Signaller Harry Collinge, (26), East Lancashire Regiment, has been killed in action in France.  Signaller Collinge was formerly in the mineral water department of W.H. Baxter, Haslingden, and later went to work at Hoyle and Bishop's mineral water works, Reedsholme, where he resided.  Je joined up about two years ago, and since then his wife has resided at Pine Street., Haslingden.  Signaller Collinge was registrar at Manchester Road Wesleyan Sunday School, Haslingden, and a valuable worker there. He was a bright cheery young man.  He was the youngest of three brothers at one time in the army.  One brother is a prisoner of war in Germany, and another is serving in the Eastern campaign.

Newspaper Memorials:

Killed in action on September 5th, Signaller Harry Collinge, East Lancashire Regiment., dearly loved husband of Jennie Collinge, 31, Pine Street, Haslingden.

"One of the best."

"What happy hours we once enjoyed,
When we were all together;
A shadow o'er our life is cast,
A loved one gone for ever."

From his Brother Joe (in Salonika) and Aunt Mary Ellen.

"Just when his life was brightest,
Just when his thoughts were b est,
He was called from this world of sorrow,
To that home of Eternal rest."

From his loving Brother in law, Will and Bella.

"In our home you are fondly remembered,
'Tis sweet to breathe your name,
In life we loved you very dear,
In death we do the same."

From Aunt and Uncle, 115 Bury Road.

"There's a link Death cannot sever,
Love and remembrance live for ever."

From Auntie and Clara and Tom (in France), 10 Manchester Road.

"Just when his days were brightest,
Just when his hopes were best,
He bravely answered duty's call,
His life he gave for one and all."

"A beautiful memory left behind."

From Uncle Jim Harry, Aunt, and Cousins, 97, Deardengate, Haslingden.

We pictured his safe returning,
We longed to clasp his hand,
But God has postponed the meeting,
To be in the Better Land."

Ever remembered by Aunt Rachel, Uncle Tom and Cousin Jack.

"We pictured his safe returning,
And longed to clasp his hand,
But God has postponed that meeting,
Till we meet in the Better Lane."

From Cousin Eveline, Mary and Harry.

"Though we understand God's mercy,
In taking him to rest,
The parting gives much anguish,
To those who loved him best."

From Cousin Ernest and Eva

Pte Harry Collinge - Census certificate - (Click over to enlarge)