As part of our series about the names on the Duncan Cenotaph in Charles Hoey Park on Canada Avenue, here is a page on Private Eric Ormond Collinson, who was killed in action 18 May 1915, at the Battle of Festubert, while serving with the 16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry, now the Canadian Scottish Regiment.
Eric Ormond Collinson has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial.
Here is the local Cowichan Leader newspaper report of his death.
Private Eric Ormond Collinson, who resided some years in this district, was reported wounded last June. He is now reported wounded and missing. He is 27 years old and had served in the R.F.A. at Preston, Lancashire. He joined the 50th Highlanders last August and was with the first contingent.”
(Source: Cowichan Leader, 5 August 1915 – from Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives collections)
For more information on Private Eric Ormond Collinson, see
Would you like to leave a comment or question about anything on this page?