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Richard Percival Collins (1895 - 1917)

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Richard Percival Collins
1895 - 1917
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c. 1895
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September 21, 1917
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Richard Percival Collins was born c. 1895. He died on September 21, 1917 at 22 years of age.
Updated: September 30, 2013
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Richard Percival Collins died on September 21, 1917 at 22 years of age. He was buried in '6976' Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, 3rd Bn.. He was born c. 1895. There is no information about Richard's family or relationships.
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In 1895, in the year that Richard Percival Collins was born, on March 15th, in County Tipperary, Ireland, Michael Cleary killed his wife of 8 years, Bridget, and burned her body. His defense was that his "wife" was a changeling that was left in his real wife's place when she was abducted by fairies. He was nonetheless convicted and imprisoned for manslaughter. He spent 15 years in prison.

In 1900, by the time he was only 5 years old, the unemployment rate in the U.S. was 5.0% and the cost of a first-class stamp was $0.02. 31% of all workers were employed in the public service sector, 19% of women were employed (1 percent of all lawyers and 6 percent of physicians were women), 6% of the workforce were children, and 14% of the workforce was "non-white."

In 1906, Richard was just 11 years old when the great San Francisco earthquake hit, estimated at 7.8 on the Richter scale. The earthquake caused fires that raged for days and between the earthquake and the fire, about 3,000 people were killed and 80% of the City was destroyed.

In 1917, in the year of Richard Percival Collins's passing, the U.S. Virgin Islands were purchased from Denmark in January. While they are U.S. citizens, Virgin Islanders are ineligible to vote for the President of the United States.

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