James C Darcy
Darcy, Corporal James C. no 52
6th Australian Broad Gauge Railway Operating Company, formerly Railway Unit no. 1 Section.
“Alleghany” Campsie Street, Campsie.
Locomotive Engine Driver, NSW Railways.
Born 1883 at Camperdown, son of James and Isabella Margaret Darcy.
Educated Newtown Public School.
Railway employee for 21 years. Joined as a loco cleaner 1899, promoted to fireman 1906 and to driver 1912. Based at Eveleigh Depot except 1906 to 1908 at Armidale.
Married Eva C. Winters, 1905.
Enlisted at Campsie 5/1/1917, aged 34.
Church of England.
Next of kin, Eva Caroline Darcy, Rutland Chambers, 224 King Street, Newtown.
Embarked from Sydney 7/2/1917 per HMAT A18 Wiltshire
Died of accidental injuries 6/1/1919 while on loan to ROD Outreau, aged 36 years 1 month.
(Fractured arm and leg: taken to 32nd Casualty Clearing Station)
Next of kin: Mrs Catherine Gibbons, grandmother, “Alleghany” Campsie Street, Campsie.
AWM File IDRL428 Letters to Red Cross re Australian servicemen:
Died from accident 6/1/1919.
No. 32 Casualty Clearing Station 12/2/1919.
He was attached to no. 6 Broad Gauge Railway Company Adm. about midnight 5-6 January.
Died 2.40 a.m. 6th January.
Right arm severed at shoulder and right leg completely off.
Buried Military Cemetery Valenciennes on 7th January. Grave was visited a few days later by some of his comrades and an artificial wreath was left by them.
Sapper W. J. Kelly no. 126 6th Australian Broad Gauge Railway Operating Company, Le Havre, 8/4/1919:
I didn't see Darcy run over by a train near Valenciennes, left leg and right arm cut off. He lasted eight hours and was conscious till the last. He died at the Casualty Clearing Station at Valenciennes and was buried in the Valenciennes Military Cemetery. Our unit erected a cross over the grave. Corporal Perrott of the same unit has written a full account to Darcy’s wife.
Description: came from Campsie near Sydney. He worked on the Railway with me. We were both drivers.
Corporal H. Rule no. 197 6th Australian Broad Gauge Railway Operating Company, Le Havre 1/5/1919:
Had his right arm and leg taken off (the leg just above the ankle and the arm at the shoulder) at nighttime on the line between Quieviani and Blancmisseron near Valenciennes. I was speaking to him on the train about a mile before he was run over but I was on the engine and he was in the waggon resting, (was to have relieved me shortly). He was picked up on the line by an English Sergeant and two others and taken to 32 Casualty Clearing Station where I saw him. He was semi-conscious but didn't know how the accident had happened.
Corporal E.W. Pivott no. 180 6th Australian Broad Gauge Railway Operating Company, Le Havre 1/5/1919:
Jim Darcy was a friend of mine - he came from “Alleghany” Campsie Road Campsie, Sydney. I wrote to his wife and told her all about it and also sent her a photo of the grave...
I saw one of the officers who spoke of him as one of the best men they had - very temperate and a good man. He was probably trying to get from one waggon to another whilst the train was in motion.
H.E.H. London 7/5/1919.
Buried in Valenciennes St Roch Communal Cemetery, grave II.B.3.
Tele/Mirror list 11/11/1993.
Killed in Action 6/1/1919.
Photograph of grave taken at Passchendaele 1919.
AWM Neg. no.H03678 Anzac Memorial: Died of wounds.
Australian War Memorial record available at: https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1752411/ [accessed 06/01/2017].
The primary source of the information on this page is copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from the Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.
An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 individuals recorded in the book - the list is titled Canterbury's Boys List. Every name is linked to an editable version of the individual’s biography copied from the Canterbury’s Boys book. These editable biographical files have been created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to add information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.
Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002