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Collins, John Augustine (1899-1989)


Photograph of Sir John Collins

Australian War Memorial

Via Wikipedia Commons

Sir John Collins served with the Grand Fleet from 1914-1918. He commanded the light cruiser Sydney during the Abyssinian crisis in 1935-1937 and again, after a stint with the Australian naval staff, in 1939-1941, participating in the Battle of Cape Spada in June 1940. He commanded the Australian Squadron from mid-1944 and was seriously wounded in a kamikaze attack at Leyte, for which he was awarded the U.S. Legion of Merit.

Service record

1899-1-7    

Born at Deloraine, Tasmania
1917
Midshipman     
Graduates from Royal Australian Navy College
1932

Navy Staff College Greenwich
1935
Captain
Commander, CL Sydney
1938

Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff/Director of Naval Intelligence
1939

Commander, CL Sydney
1941

Assistant Chief of Staff, Singapore
1942

Commander, China Force, Java
1943

Commander, CA Shropshire
1944
Commodore
Commander, Australian Squadron
1947

Imperial Defense College
1948

Chief of Naval Staff
1950-5
Vice admiral
1955

Retired
1956

High Commissioner to New Zealand
1989-9-3

Dies at Sydney

References

Australian War Memorial (accessed 2010-4-4)

Royal Australian Navy (accessed 2010-4-4)


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