Serial No. 3294
36th Battalion & 33rd Battalion
Henry Darlington - Information
Henry was born and raised in Picton on Campbell St. He attended Picton Public School, and later left his parents, Alfred and Mary, to move to Gilgandra. Here, Henry began working as a cook, before enlisting in the AIF on the 12th of June 1917. Training at the Royal Showground Camp and then at Liverpool, he was made a Private with the 8th Reinforcements, 36th Battalion. He then boarded the HMAT Miltiades in Sydney on the 2nd of August 1917 for war service.
Henry landed in Glasgow and was marched out to the 9th Training Battalion. Instructed in the latest tactics, he left Southampton for France in early March 1919. The following month, he was transferred to the 33rd Battalion. Just a week after joining his new unit, Henry was killed in action. On the 7th of May, he was in a party that went out to attack the German line at Morlancourt, but never returned. Henry’s case was later examined during a Court of Enquiry in Chepy in February 1919. Here, it was uncovered that he was killed by bayonet in front of the German trench. Henry’s name can be found on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial in France.