Ronald Felix Collins was born on 7 Apr 1895 in Hornsey, London, the son of Arthur and Beatrice Agnes Collins of "Cheriton", Friern Lane, Whetstone. He enlisted on 29 Aug 1914 and was posted to No.3 Squadron in the same year. He attended Flying School on 24 Sep 1916 and was then posted to No.10 Squadron as Flying Officer and promoted to Flt. Sub. Lieutenant on 7 Apr 1917 and Lieutenant on 24 Jan 1917. On 23 Apr 1917, Collins ditched his Sopwith Triplane Scout N.5350 after engine failure en-route to Boulogne. He and the aircraft were recovered by the French patrol boat "Joyeuse" and taken to Dunkirk. Just 3 days later, Collins drove off seaplanes attacking an English seaplane that was disabled in the water. When returning from an offensive patrol on 28 Apr, Collins attempted to land, but bumped badly. He started the engine again to take off, but when at a height of 50 feet, he climbed at too steep an angle, which caused a stall and side-slip to the earth. The machine was completely wrecked and Collins suffered a fractured right leg and fracture to the base of the skull. He died of this injuries just half an hour later. Ronald Felix Collins is buried at Adinkerke Churchyard Extension, Belgium. Collin's Pilot's Log Book is part of The Liddle Collection in the Brereton Library, University of Leeds.
Arthur Jefferies Collins was born on 30 Sep 1893 and educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge before enlisting with the Artists' Rifles in Sep 1914, transferring to the London Rifle Brigade on 16 Jan 1915 before the Royal North Devon Yeomanry on 9 Aug 1916, entering France with them on 14 Jan 1917 and severely wounded on 9 May 1917. On recovery bhe was appointed Captain & Adjutant of the 2/1st Royal North Devon Hussars. After the war, Arthur became Assistant Keeper at the British Museum in 1919 and Keeper of Manuscripts there from 1944 to 1947, and lecturer in Palaeography to the School of Librarianship at University College London from 1947 to 1955. He returned to the British Museum to become Keeper of Manuscripts and Egerton Librarian.