COLLINS, Thomas Joseph

Rank: 
Marine
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service number: 
RM 20139
Born: 
Friday, March 22, 1940
Died : 
Friday, March 18, 1966
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
25
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Marine Thomas Collins died during a cross border operation to Sajingan Besar * in IndonesiaThis particular operation, codenamed Lively Cricket, was against Indonesian forces who had been mortaring the 42 Commando base at Kampung Biawak, in Sarawak, Malaysia.
 
On the 14th May 1992, at the request of his family, his remains were recovered and handed over to British Authorities by Indonesian Armed Forces, and repatriated to the United Kingdom. The grave of Marine Thomas Collins is now at St. Helens Cemetery, St Helens.
 
Also died in this operation
 
Sources:
AFM ROH /
RM Historical Society online /
Online Publication Soldier an' Sailor Too
Sir Peter Whitely Obituary  in the Independent 13 Feb 2016.
 
Notes
* Location seen elsewhere as Sedjingan and Sebedang.
* Cross border operations/raids were part of Operation Claret.
The date of death on his headstone states 16 March, the AFM ROH states 18 March.
 

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