George Henry DARK


DARK, George Henry

Service Number: 3069
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 53rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Mirranatwa Victoria, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Mirranatwa, Southern Grampians, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer/Labourer
Died: Killed in action, France, 4 December 1916, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Dunkeld & District Roll of Honour, Penshurst War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

26 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, SN 3069, 24th Infantry Battalion
26 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, SN 3069, 24th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Commonwealth, Melbourne
4 Dec 1916: Involvement Private, SN 3069, 53rd Infantry Battalion

Killed By The Same Shell As His Brother

George Henry DARK
Regimental number 3069
Religion Presbyterian
Occupation Labourer
Address Mirranatwa via Dunkeld, Victoria
Marital status Single
Age at embarkation 24
Next of kin Father, Arthur Dark, Mirranatwa via Dunkeld, Victoria
Enlistment date 3 August 1915
Rank on enlistment Private
Unit name 24th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number 23/41/2
Embarkation details Unit embarked from , Victoria, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 26 November 1915
Rank from Nominal Roll Private
Unit from Nominal Roll 53rd Battalion
Fate Killed in Action 4 December 1916
Age at death from cemetery records 24
Place of burial No known grave
Commemoration details Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France
Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

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Panel number, Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial 157
Miscellaneous information from cemetery records

Parents: Arthur John and Mary Jane DARK, Mirranatwa, Victoria

AIF connections Brothers: 861 Pte Frederick Charles DARK, 39th Bn, returned to Australia, 27 August 1917; 1157 Pte Albert William DARK, 53rd Bn, died of wounds, 5 December 1916.

Other details War service: Egypt, Western Front

(Pte) George Henry Dark, 24th Battalion (later 53rd Battalion), of Mirranatwa, Vic. A labourer before enlisting on 3 August 1915, Pte Dark embarked from Melbourne on 26 November 1915 on HMAT Commonwealth with the 7th Reinforcements. On 24 February 1916 he was taken on strength of the 8th Battalion. On 28 March 1916, he was transferred to the 13th Light Horse, the unit his older brother 1157 Pte Albert William (Bert) Dark was serving in. After service in Egypt and Palestine, the brothers were sent for training in England, and then taken on strength of the 53rd Battalion in France on 16 October 1916. On 4 December 1916, while on picket duty together on the Anzac Light Railway at the edge of Delville Wood, the shelter they were was hit by a German shell. George Dark was killed instantly, and Albert Dark died of his wounds the next day. The death of the two brothers caused great shock to the town of Mirranatwa.