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  • Claire Jordan

The Boy Who Did Not Die Alone



Above is Tom Collins, the lad trapped in the tunnel collapse whom Sapper Hackett would not leave to die alone.


Tom was 22 when he met his end with William Hackett by his side, the son of Swansea dock labourer Jack and his wife Rachel (whose feelings towards Sapper Hackett can only be guessed at.)


Tom was their eldest boy; his closest brother was named Daniel, below.


Daniel also joined up to serve and was 21 when his ship, SS Greavesash, was torpedoed on 26th February 1918.


He too was lost.


The Collins boys had three younger sisters, Nellie, Alice and little Rachel, and three younger brothers, John. William and James.


I bet none of them ever forgot Sapper William Hackett.



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