James Darling

Darling Jim

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

Religion   Presbyterian

Occupation   Farmer

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.

Military History

  • 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

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