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James Pratt
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Post by James Pratt » Mon May 04, 2015 11:40 am

Can anybody tell me anything about a certain Mr F.G. Tims-Collins? All I know is that he played chess in the Home Counties just prior to WWII. I shall be writing about him in our 06/15 issue. Thanks!

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Post by John Saunders » Mon May 04, 2015 12:36 pm

I hadn't forgotten him. Here are my notes on same:
Saunders notes wrote:Francis George Tims Collins

His name appears on the WW2 war memorial in Balliol College chapel <www.balliol.ox.ac.uk> Tims Collins won the London Boys' Championship in (Jan) 1933 and was the London League's nominee for the British Boys' Championship in April 1933. He went to Aske's Hatcham School, London (BCM, June 1933, p244). In 1933 he tied first with AWJ Down for the Boys Championship (they both scored 2.5/3 in the final), but Down won the play-off. CHESS 1944-03 p85 under the title "Tims Collins Missing" - "According to Mr Du Mont, FG Tims Collins is reported missing from a bombing raid. How we hope that this genial and universally popular chess congress-ite managed to bale out!" Sadly, not so - FG Tims Collins, who won Civil Service Championship (Barstow Trophy) in 1938 and 1939, was killed on the night of 27 Nov 1943 in a Lancaster bomber (101 Squadron) over Heuchelheim, Germany (Flight Lieutenant). Bombing target was Berlin.

COLLINS, FRANCIS GEORGE TIMS. M.A. (Oxon.).
Flight Lieutenant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner), 107924.
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 101 Squadron, Royal Air Force.
Died 27 November 1943. Aged 28.
Son of George William Joseph Collins and Beatrice Reading Collins (née Tims).
Husband of Derah May Collins (née Cunningham) of Harbledown, Canterbury,
Kent.
Buried Dürnbach War Cemetery, Bad Tolz, Bayern, Germany.
Grave Ref: Collective grave 11. C. 26-28.
Commemorated on the Second World War Memorial in the Chapel Passage,
East Wall, Balliol College, Oxford, Oxfordshire.
(from http://www.kentfallen.com/PDF%20REPORTS/HARBLEDOWN.pdf)

Derah May was actually PRIOR at birth (1919), married FGT Collins 1941 Bromley, and married a Walter T Cunningham in Woolwich in 1947. She died in Leeds in 1998.
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Post by John Saunders » Mon May 04, 2015 12:39 pm





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Post by Gordon Cadden » Mon May 04, 2015 1:32 pm

It has to be said. First class research by John Saunders.

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Post by James Pratt » Tue May 05, 2015 12:00 pm

Thank you, Gentlemen. And cheers John
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Post by Kevin Thurlow » Tue May 05, 2015 12:17 pm

"It has to be said. First class research by John Saunders."

Absolutely.

it should be noted that "Tims" was a forename.

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Post by David Gilbert » Tue May 05, 2015 12:27 pm

If John James has contributed already, I suppose you know Tims Collins was the winner of the Barstow Cup, the Open section of the Civil Service Individual Tournament, in both 1938 and 1939. The Cup is now incorporated in the Pimlico Five Thursdays event that starts on 21 May 2015 and is awarded to the leading player from the London Public Service League.

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