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Richard Collins (1891 - 1917)

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Richard Collins
1891 - 1917
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c. 1891
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April 9, 1917
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Richard Collins was born c. 1891. He died on April 9, 1917 at 26 years old.
Updated: September 30, 2013
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Service number: 37561 Rank: Private Regiment: The King's (liverpool Regiment) Unit/ship/squadron: 18th Bn.
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Richard Collins died on April 9, 1917 at 26 years of age. He was buried in Arras Memorial Bay 3., France. He was born c. 1891. There is no information about Richard's family or relationships.
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In 1891, in the year that Richard Collins was born, from March 9th through the 12th, a blizzard hit the south and west of England. Called the Great Blizzard of 1891, it led to snow drifts of up to 15 feet and killed 200 people and 6,000 animals. Fourteen ships sank.

In 1900, he was just 9 years old when a massive hurricane, known as the Great Galveston hurricane, hit Galveston Texas. Winds hit up to 145 miles an hour (category 4) and it remains the single most deadly event in U.S. history. Between 6,000 and 12,000 died (most estimates are around 8,000 dead). The population of Galveston at the time was about 36,000 people in 1900.

In 1908, Richard was 17 years old when Henry Ford developed the first Model T automobile, often called the Tin Lizzy or flivver. Produced from 1908 through 1927, it first sold for $850 - which made it affordable for every middle class family. Previously, cars were the province of the upper class and the introduction of the Model T and its availability changed U.S. culture. Within days of its release, over 15,000 cars had been ordered.

In 1917, in the year of Richard Collins's passing, Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari was convicted and executed as a German spy. Since Mata Hari, born Margaretha Geertruida "Margreet" MacLeod, was a citizen of the Netherlands (which remained neutral in World War 1), she could travel freely in Europe. Her travels (and her romantic entanglements) raised suspicion and she was arrested by the French and found guilty. There is still controversy about her guilt although her name has become synonymous with a seductive female spy.

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