Pte Collins was born in Bellshill on 16 January 1991, he enlisted into the Regiment in September 2007. After completing his basic training, Pte Collins joined B Company, The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland at Dreghorn Barracks, Edinburgh. Towards the end of 2009, B Company deployed on Op HERRICK 11, as part of 3 RIFLES Battle Group.
On 23 February 2010 whilst providing overwatch for other members of the company, tasked with clearing IEDs Pte Collins was shot by a sniper. This resulted in him being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. For the next 11 years Pte Collins underwent several operations as a result of his injuries. Unfortunately, he lost his final battle on 02 September 2021 where at University Hospital, Wishaw he succumbed to his wounds.
Throughout a long battle against his injuries Pte Collins was supported by girlfriend Georgina, his mother Sharon and two sisters Samantha and Gemma.
It was fitting that his funeral, which took place at Georgina's Farm on Saturday 18 September 2021, was well attended by members of B Coy, 1 SCOTS and the wider Regiment. It was reported at the time of his death in the national press, that Pte Collins was the last casualty of the war in Afghanistan.
In recognition for his distinguished service in Afghanistan, Pte Collins was awarded a certificate of Commendation by the Joint Chief of Staff Air Marshall Sir Stuart Peach.
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