The story behind the Collins Brothers involvement in World War 1 is one of sacrifice and trajedy. The Collins lived in the Balteen, which is now known as Philip Street. On 12th November, 2016, Waterford Civic Trust unveiled a blue plaque in honour of these Waterfordians.
Six brothers, sons that Agnes and Thomas Collins, from Waterford city went to war. William was the only one to make it home safely. Four of his brothers died in Flanders and at the Somme, while the fifth was reported missing and presumed dead. He was later found badly injured and was repatriated after the war.These brothers were Stephen, Michael, John, Joseph and Patrick.
Rachel Collins provides more information on the Collins Brothers, see below.
A number of national media outlets have carried the story as well as the BBC http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37966831