George Russell Collett (1897 - 1918)

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George Russell Collett
1897 - 1918
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c. 1897
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August 17, 1918
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George Russell Collett was born c. 1897. He died on August 17, 1918 at 21 years of age.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Service number: 472690 Rank: Rifleman Regiment: London Regiment (the Rangers) Unit/ship/squadron: 1st/12th Bn.
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George Russell Collett passed away on August 17, 1918 at 21 years old. He was buried in Vis-en-artois Memorial Panel 10., France. He was born c. 1897. There is no information about George's family.

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In 1897, in the year that George Russell Collett was born, on September 21st, editor and publisher Francis P. Church responded to a letter to the editor from Virginia O'Hanlon, 8 years old. Virginia's father had told her that "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." So she wrote to the Sun, asking if there was a Santa Claus. Church responded with the now famous editorial "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus".

In 1900, by the time he was merely 3 years old, the U.S. population exceeded 75 million, rising about 13 million from the 1890 census. 87.9% of the population was white, 11.6% was African-American, 0.7% was Hispanic, and 0.5% was Native American, Asian, and other minorities.

In 1904, at the age of just 7 years old, George was alive when the Russo-Japanese war began. The Russian Empire and the Japanese Empire began fighting over the territories of Manchuria and Korea. Russia wanted a warm water port on the Pacific Ocean while Japan feared growing encroachment from Russia into Asia. So the Japan fleet launched a surprise attack on the Russian Navy and a one year war began. President Roosevelt of the United States brokered peace between the two nations. It was the first time in the modern era that an Asian power showed its dominance over a European power.

In 1918, in the year of George Russell Collett's passing, in July, Russian revolutionaries executed the former Tzar Nicholas II and his immediate family. While it was rumored that two of the children had survived, it was later proven through DNA analysis - when their bodies were found - that the entire family had been killed.

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