Name James Darling
Number Private 6477
Battalion 6th Battalion
Place of Birth Ballarat
Next of Kin His mother, Mrs. Catherine Dicker of Leongatha
Date and place of enlistment Leongatha 22/8/1916
Physical details on enlistment Age 36 years 2 months 5’4” 111 pounds, blue eyes and black hair
Date and place of death
He was missing in action at Broodseinde on 20/10/1917 and a Court of Enquiry held on 28/11/1917 declared he was killed in action on that day.
Location of grave or memorial
He is remembered on the Menin Gate Ypres Belgium
Relationship to Woorayl Shire
He and his family lived in the Mardan area.
- He was a member of the Mardan Rifle Club
- 22/8/16 Enlisted
- His medical was signed by Dr Wood. In Leongatha
- He had been rejected earlier in the war due to a hernia
- 2/10/16 He embarked Melbourne on the HMAS Nestor
- 15/11/16 He disembarked at Plymouth
- 14/2/17 He went to Folkstone then arrived in France on 17/2/17
- 23/3/17 He went to his unit the 6th Battalion
- 12/9/17 He was injured in the back but discharged on 29/9/17 and rejoined his unit the 29th Battalion.
- 4/10 /17 He was missing in action then reported killed in Belgium
- The file says also rejoined on 13/10 and missing on 20/10
- A Court of enquiry held on 28/11/17 declare he died on day he went missing
- He left his estate to his brother John Darling of Mardan.
- The will was signed by Jas W Sutherland Solicitor of Leongatha counter signed by his clerk George Stewart Murray
The will was lodged with the bank of Victoria Leongatha and a copy with the Solicitors
- There is a witnessed army will endorsing and stating the location of his will in Leongatha
- His Mother received medals, his plaque and scroll
- James was the half brother of Charles W Dicker