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Richard Collins (1897 - 1918)

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Richard Collins
1897 - 1918
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c. 1897
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April 12, 1918
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Richard Collins was born c. 1897. He died on April 12, 1918 at 21 years old.
Updated: September 30, 2013
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Service number: 41545 Rank: Private Regiment: Royal Scots Unit/ship/squadron: 2nd Bn.
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Richard Collins died on April 12, 1918 at age 21. He was buried in Ploegsteert Memorial Panel 1., Belgium. He was born c. 1897. We have no information about Richard's surviving family.
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In 1897, in the year that Richard Collins was born, on July 17th, the Klondike Gold Rush began when the first successful prospectors returned to Seattle after mining in the Yukon. They arrived on the ships Excelsior and Portland, bringing vast quantities of gold - over $32,000,000 in today's money - and everyone rushed to become rich in the Yukon.

In 1900, Richard was just 3 years old when artist Henri Matisse, born in 1869 in France, began the fauvist movement. Only lasting a few years in popularity (ending around 1904), fauvism was in many ways the beginning of modern art. Matisse was fond of bright, vibrant colors and used them in his paintings - contrary to the muted use of color previously. While the fauvist movement declined in popularity, Matisse did not and he went on to create many more works of art and even a museum for his work, 2 years before his death in 1954. (In French, les Fauves means "the wild beasts". Matisse and those who followed his example were called "beasts" because of the bold colors that they used in their artwork.)

In 1902, he was only 5 years old when the Bureau of the Census was established. This was the government department that was a boon to family historians - it, even now, is responsible for taking the census and provides demographic information and analyses about the population of the United States.

In 1918, in the year of Richard Collins's passing, in January, President Wilson presented his Fourteen Points, which assured citizens that World War I was being fought for a moral cause and outlined a plan for postwar peace in Europe. The only leader of the Allies to present such a plan, the Europeans thought Wilson was being too idealistic. The points included free trade, open agreements, democracy and self-determination. They were based on the research and suggestions of 150 advisors.

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