Remembering Hanover Police Chief James Collins and World War 1 Aviator Charles Alexander Hopkins Dartmouth Class of 1920.


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Michael Hinsley

Today in Hanover and Dartmouth College History January 30th.

Today in Hanover and Dartmouth College History January 30th we remember two men who died in the line of duty. Hanover Police Chief James Collins and Charles Alexander Hopkins, Dartmouth Class of 1920.

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On January 30th, 1987, Hanover Police Chief James "Jim" Collins died in the line of duty while assisting with traffic at the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Interstate 89 while he was returning to Hanover from Concord. Chief Collins joined the Hanover Police Department in 1964 as a patrolman and was promoted to Chief in 1982. He was a native of Enfield, NH and lived there all his life with the exception of the years he served in the military.

On January 30, 1918, Charles Alexander Hopkins, a member of the Dartmouth College Class of 1920, was killed in a flying accident in France.

Charles Alexander Hopkins in France with the American Ambulance Corp. 

Charles Hopkins originally enlisted and served with the American Ambulance Unit. A number of Dartmouth Students volunteered to serve in the unit and the college sent three ambulances

This image shows one of the ambulances provided to the American Ambulance Unit by Dartmouth College. Stanley Hill is at the wheel.

Charles Alexander Hopkins in Flight Training in France in 1918

Curtiss JN-4 Jennie

Charles Alexander Hopkins was one of  212 members from Dartmouth College who perished in World War 1.

The Dartmouth World War I Memorial, located in Dartmouth College's Memorial Stadium.

Photo Credit Dartmouth College Rauner Library.

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