"Colonel W. P. Collingwood served with the 37th Regiment in the rebellion of 1848 in Ceylon. Served with the
2ist Fusiliers in the Crimea from nth July 1855, including the siege and fall of Sebastopol; also the expedition to
Kinbourn (Medal with Clasp, and Turkish Medal); from Nov. 1855 to Nov. 1856 he commanded a Battalion of the Land Transport Corps. Commanded the troops on board the Spartan steamer when wrecked on the Dog Rocks, Coast of Africa, on 5th July 1856, on returning from the Crimea, and for his services throughout this trying occasion he received the Brevet rank of Major—Lord Panmure, the War Minister, expressing his approbation, as did also H.R.H. the Commander in Chief, of the conduct of the officers and men, as being highly honourable to them ;and Colonel M'Murdo, Director General of the Land Transport Corps, in a general order, " desired to express to Captain Collingwood and those he commanded the pride he felt in transmitting for the information of H.R.H. the Commander in Chief, the proofs given of the high courage and discipline which animated all ranks on that fearful night, and which were rewarded by the safe rescue of all from their perilous situation." Proceeded to South Africa in February 1879 command of the 2nd Battalion Scots Fusiliers, and commanded the 2nd Brigade of the 2nd Division during the latter part of the Zulu war (CMG., Medal with Clasp). Carried out satisfactorily the transfer of his Battalion from the steamship City of Paris when wrecked on entering Simon's Bay on the 21st of March 1879."