John Stanley Collings

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Captain John Stanley Collings
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John Stanley Collings and Mark 1940 (Phantom was There)
Unit or location Role Posted from until
Bowland, Area 10 Intelligence Officer 16 Aug 1940 01 Oct 1943
Phantom: The GHQ Liaison Regiment Phantom Officer 16 Sep 1939 15 Aug 1940
The 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards
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16 Sep 1939

He commanded the Intelligence Section No.3 Military and Air Mission (Phantom) in the campaign in France 1940. He was evacuated from Dunkirk and wounded. He was awarded the Military Cross for services in France.

16 Aug 1940- circa Nov 43 Intelligence Officer Auxiliary Units Special Duties East Anglia

13 Jan 1944 posted to CBTA Civil Affairs Staff Centre on completion of course.

Mentioned in Despatches for services 1944/45 North West Europe,

5 Aug 1947 Relinquished his commission and awarded Honorary Rank of Lieutenant Colonel

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Collings was an accomplished horse trainer and breeder and was part of the Army Polo Team. His Alsatian dog, Mark, was a famous Belgian Police dog which came into his ownership by unorthodox means. Jill Holman from Aylsham looked after him for a few weeks while John was on a course.


GHQ Liaison Regiment: A Nominal Roll with Short Biographies, Asher Pirt;
With Britain in Mortal Danger, J Warwicker
Auxiliary units Part II Orders 14 Jan 1944