Sergeant-Major Edward Collier (1831-1916)

With thanks to Ed Grimsdale

Buckingham Advertiser, 23 March 1914

GOLDEN WEDDING. Regimental Sergt.-Major Edward Collier and Mrs. Collier celebrated their golden wedding on Sunday last, having been married at Canterbury Cathedral on May 17th, 1864, and they received numerous congratulations from their many friends in the locality. 

He joined the Royal Horse Artillery on March 8th, 1850, and served in the Crimea and was present at the capture of Sebastopol. He retired from the army on pension in May, 1872, with the rank Sergeant, and was at once appointed to the staff the Royal Bucks Yeomanry, in which he served 13 years, during which time he resided at the Bourbon Tower, Stowe Park, and retired in 1885 with the rank of Regimental Sergeant-Major. During his residence at Stowe he also served in the capacity of park ranger to his Grace the late Duke of Buckingham and Chandos. 

In 1888 he removed to Winslow, where he was appointed school attendance officer to the Winslow Union, which post he held for thirteen years, during which time he discharged his duties to the satisfaction of all concerned, until the office was abolished in 1904, when, being over the age limit for further service, he was superannuated. He is now in his 84th year, and we are pleased to say is in the enjoyment of good health. Mr. and Mrs. Collier have one son and two daughters living, viz., Mr. Geo. Collier, Mrs. Sidney Ballard, and Miss Rose Collier, mistress at the Girls’ School at Winslow.


Edward had been born in Kibworth Harcourt, Leicestershire in 1831. His wife was Jane Fanny Bates who survived him until 1922. Rose, or Rosa Fanny, was born at Stowe in 1876 when her father was already 45 years old. She had one brother and two sisters.

Edward Collier died in Winslow where he and his wife were living with their daughter Rosa, and his funeral took place in the Parish Church on Monday, 10 July 1916. His coffin was covered with a Union Jack. It was borne into the church by an honour guard comprising a corporal and five privates of the Welsh Guards who were billeted in the town.

Miss Rose Collier became Principal Mistress of the Girls’ School but was compelled by ill-health to resign at Christmas, 1926. Her fellow teachers and the pupils of the school  presented her with an inscribed Sheraton mahogany striking clock. 

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