Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Lieutenant Vivian Donald Berry Collins, 13th (Service) Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment), attached to 2nd Battalion, 2nd King Edward’s Own Gurkha Rifles (The Simoor Rifles), was killed in action on the Western Front.
Before the outbreak of the Great War, Lieutenant Collins had been a member of the Survey of India, the central engineering agency in charge of mapping and surveying. In 1911 surveyed the Siachen Glacier and the Mountains of East Karakoram and Teram Kangri. He also wrote a paper, “The Triangulation up the Hunza River and Gorge.
On the day of his death, Lieutenant Collins was leading his men in an attack near Richebourg in France. He was killed in action, and having no known grave he is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial at Richebourg-l’Avoue.
Vivian, from Derby, was 30 years old.