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Joseph Henry Collin
Born (1893-04-10)April 10, 1893
Died April 9, 1918(1918-04-09) (aged 24)
Place of birth Jarrow, South Tyneside
Place of death Givenchy, France
Buried at Vieille-Chapelle New Military Cemetery, Lacouture
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1915 - 1918
Rank Second Lieutenant
Unit King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross

Joseph Henry Collin VC (10 April 1893 – 9 April 1918) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Collin was born on 10 April 1893 to Joseph and Mary Collin, of 8 Petteril Terrace, Harraby, Carlisle.[1] He was 24 years old, and a second lieutenant in the 1/4th Battalion, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment[2] when he was awarded the VC for his actions on 9 April 1918 at Givenchy, France. He was killed in action whilst performing the act.


For most conspicuous bravery, devotion to duty and self-sacrifice in action. After offering a long and gallant resistance against heavy odds in the Keep held by his platoon, this officer, with only five of his men remaining, slowly withdrew in the face of superior numbers, contesting every inch of the ground. The enemy were pressing him hard with bombs and machine-gun fire from close range. Single-handed 2nd Lt. Collin attacked the machine gun and team. After firing his revolver into the enemy, he seized a Mills grenade and threw it into the hostile team, putting the gun out of action, killing four of the team and wounding two others. Observing a second hostile machine gun firing, he took a Lewis gun, and selecting a high point of vantage on the parapet whence he could engage the gun, he, unaided, kept the enemy at bay until he fell mortally wounded. The heroic self-sacrifice of 2nd Lt. Collin was a magnificent example to all.

—The London Gazette, 25 June 1918[1]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at The King's Own Royal (Lancaster) Regiment Museum, Lancaster, England.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Collin, Joseph Henry, Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  2. "Regimental History". Retrieved January 14, 2013. 

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