Collins was born on March 17 1922 in Aberdeen (Scotland) as the son of Joseph and Mary Harrow nee Smith of Scotland. He was married on November 2 1941 with Joy Vivienne Harrow, of Penticton, British Columbia. His widow remarried after the war with a veteran. His brother was Daniel and sister Helen Bongalis.
His parents immigrated to Canada when he was 4 years old.
He was a section hand somewhere and member of the United Church and his hobbies were hockey and volleyball.
He enlisted on May 29 1941 in Vancouver and he went on June 27 1944 overseas to the UK and he went thereafter on October 15 to NW Europe. He was in Canada selected for a noncommissioned training and did it very well although he was very young. And the recommendation after that was that he could become a good present artillery officer.
Collins was killed in action on Monday October 23 1944 at the age of 22 in the D Coy at the Breskens Pocket and the Scheldt in Holland and he was temporarily buried in Hoofdplaat (Holland) and on June 12 1945 reburied in Adegem.
At his headstone: Sunshine fades, shadows fall But my love will outlast all. Remembered by his loving wife, Mother, father and family
His medals were: 1939-45 Star; France Germany Star; War Medal; CVSM & Clasp.