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Francis Richard Collins

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Lt. Col. Francis Richard Collins (c1874- )

Colonial Auxilliary Forces Officers Dectn., Officer Legion of Honour.


  • Almondbury Grammar School.
  • Huddersfield Technical School.
  • Crewe Works, L.N.W. as apprentice and pupil. Draughtsman, Locomotive Foreman, L.N.W. Attached R.E., South African War.
  • District Locomotive Superintendent, Works Manager, C.S.A.R.
  • Superintendent Mechanical, S.A.R.
  • 1914-15 Commanded S.A. Engineering Corps, S.W. Africa (despatches).
  • 1917-18 Commanded S.A. Railway Troops, France, (despatches, D.S.O., Officer Legion of Honour).
  • A.D.L.R. V.Army.
  • 1919 Inspection, North America.
  • 1920-22 Advisory Engineer to H.C. for S. Africa in London.
  • 1922-29 Chief Mechanical Engineer, S.A. Railways (retired).
  • 1937-38 President, Institution of Locomotive Engineers.

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