|Place of birth||Picton, New South Wales|
|School||Picton Public School, New South Wales|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Gilgandra, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||28|
|Next of kin||Father, Alfred Darlington, Campbell Street, Picton, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Nil (previously rejected on three occasions due to height)|
|Place of enlistment||Gilgandra, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||36th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/53/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||33rd Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Age at death||31|
|Age at death from cemetery records||29|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France
Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.
The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.
On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.
After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
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|Parents: Alfred and Mary DARLINGTON. Born at Picton, New South Wales|
War service: Western Front
Embarked Sydney, 2 August 1917; disembarked Glasgow, Scotland, 2 October 1917; marched into 9th Training Bn, 3 October 1917.
Proceeded overseas to France, 6 March 1918; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 7 March 1918.
Proceeded to unit, 8 March 1918.
Marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, 22 March 1918, under escort.
Proceeded to unit, 29 March 1918; taken on strength of 36th Bn, in the field, 6 April 1918.
Transferred to, and taken on strength of 33rd Bn, 30 April 1918.
Posted as missing in action, 7 May 1918.
Court of Enquiry, France, 23 February 1919, pronounces fate as 'Killed in Action, 7 May 1918'.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, DARLINGTON Henry|