After serving with the 19th Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment, Lewis Isaac Collins, son of Isaac John and Helen Isles (McFee) Collins, was promoted to Second Lieutenant on 20 Septermber 1915 and seconded to the Royal Flying Corps in 1917. Posted to 18 Squadron, he scored five victories as a D.H.4 observer with Capt. David Arthur Stewart.
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
Military Cross (MC)
T./Capt. Lewis Isaac Collins, York. R. and R.A.F.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has carried out twelve successful bombing raids, fifteen low bombing and reconnaissance flights, and ten successful photographic flights. He has carried out many low flying, harassing and bombing patrols of great value. In addition he has destroyed two enemy machines, on one occasion being attacked by three of the enemy.