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Alfred John DARLING

Regimental number416
Place of birthBallarat, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCarrier
AddressNorman Street, Ballarat North
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation38
Next of kinWife, Mrs Violet Darling, Norman Street, Ballarat North
Enlistment date24 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On September 18th 1918 teams of 'O' Battery R.H.A., were returning from their gun position near VADENCOURT when they came under heavy shell fire, one team having all but one horse killed, two drivers wounded and the third knocked off his horse. Seeing that there was no one left with the team Sergeant DARLING, who was near, ran up and attempted to extricate the only surviving horse. All the time the enemy continued to shell heavily around this team. Finding it impossible for one man to get the horse clear he collected a party of men and succeeded in saving the horse.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

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