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Thomas Raymond DARCY

Regimental number7221
Date of birth13 July 1890
Place of birthLauriston, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressKyneton, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinWife, Mrs M B Darcy, Kyneton, Victoria
Enlistment date2 September 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 24th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/6
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 19 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 June 1919
Discharge date19 September 1919
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 1628 Pte George Edgar DARCY, 38th Bn, returned to Australia, 12 November 5635 Pte Percy DARCY, 13th Field Company Engineers, returned to Australia, 2 March 1919; Brothers-in-law: 654 Sergeant Reuben James BONSER, 1st Pioneer Bn, returned to Australia, 24 September 1918; 4219 Pte Mathias Thomas William HEIN, 1st Pioneer Bn, returned to Australia, 30 January 1918; 4217 Pte Terence Hailey HEIN, 1st Pioneer Bn, returned to Australia, 28 March 1919; 7023 Pte Godfrey Nicholas HEIN, 14th Bn, killed in action, 18 September 1918.
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War service: Private Darcy was on board the 'Ballarat' when it was torpedoed on the way to England. The men were rescued in small life-boats. Taken on Strength of 8th Battalion, France, 1 November 1917. Admitted to hospital with scarlet fever, 27 February 1918; transferred to England 12 April 1918. Pte Darcy was discharged from hospital on 25 May 1918.

Charged with playing "Two Up" on 4 August 1918, he was awarded 5 days Field Punishment No.2. On 7 August 1918, he was re-admitted to hospital, but was discharged 3 days later, and sent to join the training brigade before being transferred to Machine Gun Details on 28 September 1918.

Taken on strength of 1st Machine Gun Battalion, France, 12 December 1918.

Proceeded to England from France on 17 April 1919. He left England for his return to Australia per H.T. "Port Darwin" on 12 June 1919, disembarking at Melbourne on 27 July 1919. He was discharged from the AIF at Melbourne as Medically Unfit (Disability: Post Scarlet Fever Debility).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served on the Second World War in Australia, joined the army on 10 February 1941, age 49.

Date of death23 February 1969
Place of burialWestern Cemetery, West Geelong, Victoria

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