The 1901 Census shows a Collier family living on The Green, West Haddon. The Head of the Household was Frederick Collier, aged 36, a Wheelwright; his wife Lydia; two sons and two daughters. The places of birth of the family members were many and various in that Frederick the father was born in North Kilworth, mother Lydia in Guilsborough, William in Stapleton, sisters Edith and Florence in Peatling Magna and the youngest son John Henry born 1896, in Gilmorton.
In 1911 the family was shown as living in The Cottage, West End. John Henry, then aged 15, was employed as a market gardener.
He joined up in 1916 after having been employed on munitions for a considerable period and sailed for France three months later. He was a Private with the Machine Gun Corps. He served in various parts of the line and was gassed in September 1917 but rejoined his unit after treatment at Boulogne. He took an active part in operations until the Armistice. He was demobilised in January, 1919.
He lived in Stone House, West Haddon
A report in the Northampton Mercury states he was employed by Alfred Looker, Carrier
The death of John Collier aged 66, born 1896, was recorded in Daventry in June 1962
His older brother William’s name also appears on the Roll of Honour.
(Jim Blakey 14th November, 2015)