The soldier who just refused to give up: Awe-inspiring spirit of WWI hero who lost two brothers in action, and a sister in a Zeppelin raid but survived being left for dead in a heap of bodies at Passchendale.A soldier who survived the Somme and fought at Ypres was left for dead after being shot in the stomach at Passchendale, his son has revealed. The body of Robert Collie was then thrown onto a heap of corpses while he was still alive and he was only saved after a passing India medic saw him twitching. He survived his wounds and returned to the fighting, serving in India after World War I finished, and rose through the ranks from Private to Major.
Sadly Robert Collie lost both of his brothers after they were wounded in action during the war, and his sister who was killed by a Zeppelin during a bombing raid in London. The story of the Scottish soldier who refused to die has only now come to light after his son, also called Robert, decided to sell his 13 medals. Robert, 75, from Eastbourne, East Sussex, said: ‘My father was a tough Scotsman and not a lot phased him.Major Collie earned 13 medals during his service. From left to right, they are: MBE, 1914 Star, 1914-18 War medal, Victory medal, 1939-45 Star, Burma Star, World War II War medal, 1939-45 India medal, 1935 and 1937 Commemorative medals,George IV and Queen Elizabeth Coronation medal, George V Long Service medal, George V Meritorious Service medal. Major Collie served in two World Wars and served with distinction.
Robert, a semi-retired accountant, added: ‘My father met and married my mother, Kathleen, while she worked as a children’s nurse in Calcutta in 1937 and I was born a year later. ’I inherited the medals from him. My two children don’t really want them and I thought I would look to give them a good home now. The soldier who just refused to give up: Awe-inspiring spirit of WWI hero who lost two brothers in action and a sister in a Zeppelin raid but SURVIVED being left for dead in a heap of bodies at Passchendale…
UNBELIEVABLE ! “My two children don’t really want them and I thought I would look to give them a good home now?” Robert Collie (Jr) PIN YOUR EARS BACK & LISTEN IN! Your children, the Grandchildren of a brave man, should hang their heads in shame, they are not fit to carry his name, nor do they warrant any association with him. If it is not about money, then donate the medals to your fathers Regimental Museum, where future generations who do care about past sacrifice, can read about your Fathers heroic exploits.
I am utterly disgusted by the thought; that a man who is prepared to give his all for his country, can have his memory tossed to one side by his own family. Yours Aye.