Soldiers

DARLINGTON HONOUR BOARD

The Darlington Honour Board was the subject of correspondence in 1917 and 1918 – and later in 1924 – between the Darlington Progress Association (DPA) and the Education Department.  As Darlington did not have a hall, approaches were made to the Chairperson, David Storry Walton, and the Hon. Secretary Charles Louie Von Bibra of the DPA, requesting permission to hang the WW1 Honour Board in the Darlington Primary School (DPS). 

Permission was granted on December 3, 1917 by the Director of Education, Cecil Andrews, and the use of a room for an unveiling ceremony on June 3, 1918 was granted. The Honour Board remained in the DPS until 1924, when a request was made on April 14 to remove it and hang it in the Darlington Hall (originally a wine cellar) in time for Anzac Day, 1924.  The Honour Board now hangs in the entry of the larger, more recently-built hall.

All 15 names on the honour Board have been researched, and, where possible, a photo and description included on the website WA Pictorial Honour Roll.  

The research has turned up a few alterations to the information on the board:  the most important being that Norman Wheatcroft didn’t die during WW1. Despite this error he has a road named after him in Darlington. The confusion may stem from the fact that his brother, Percy (who died in 1915 and had been a Winch Driver at the Boya Quarry), also lived in Darlington.

There was also the incorrect spelling of Reuben Mehew’s name as ‘Mayhew’.  As a result, a Darlington road named in his honour is spelt ‘Mayhew’. Another important thing to note is that Harold Patrick Wilson, who didn’t receive the honour of having a road named after him, did die in June 1918 and had been awarded a Military Medal during action in 1917. He is buried at St Pierre Cemetery, Amiens.

No photo could be found for Frederick Dinning – who never married – and no relatives have a photo. He was the only person on the board who enlisted and served in the Navy, before and after WW1.

DARLINGTON HONOUR ROLL:

  • FRANCIS PRESTON  COCKSHOTT   

  • REGINALD THOMAS  COCKSHOTT

  • CHARLES DAVID  DANIEL

  • ROBERT THORNBORROW  DINNING

  • FREDERICK WILLIAM  DINNING

  • FRANK EDWARD  DAVIS

  • FRANK BERRY  GIBSON

  • CHARLES HAMILTON SCOTT  GOOD

  • THEODORE GEORGE  JACOBY

  • REUBEN  MEHEW                  (died on service)

  • CHARLES EDMUND  MUMME

  • HORACE PATRICK  WILSON  (died on service)

  • MATTHEW HAROLD  WILKS

  • EDWARD DERWENT  WILKS

  • NORMAN  WHEATCROFT

Darlington Honour Board

The soldier's stories are contained in the pdf documents below. Click on the pdf icon to open it in a separate window.

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WW1 SOLDIERS WHO LIVED IN DARLINGTON AFTER THE WAR

This section includes soldier's stories who served in WW1 and who came to Darlington after the war and settled there.

Their stories can be found by clicking the links below:

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