Rupert Clarence DARBY

DARBY, Rupert Clarence

Service Number: 7427
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 5th Training Battalion
Born: Lake Karnak near Horsham, Victoria, July 1899
Home Town: Cunderdin, Cunderdin, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farm Hand
Died: Purulent Bronchitis, Fovant, United Kingdom, 13 August 1918
Cemetery: Fovant (St. George) Churchyard, Wiltshire - South West, England
Plot II, Row B, Grave 4 Headstone Inscription "BLESSED ARE THE DEAD WHICH DIE IN THE LORD", Fovant (St George) Churchyard, Fovant, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Broomehill War Memorial, Cunderdin War Memorial Drive, Woodanilling War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

10 Aug 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 7427, 28th Infantry Battalion, Place of enlistment - Perth, Western Australia
13 Mar 1918: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 7427, 28th Infantry Battalion, Embarked on SS Ormonde from Fremantle on 13th March 1918, disembarking at Suez, Egypt on 4th April 1918. Admitted to hospital on 29th April 1918 and discharged on 14th May 1918. Transferred to Alexandria from Suez on 22nd May 1918 and re-embarked on SS Indarra from Alexandria, Egypt on 24th May 1918, disembarking Southampton, England on 5th June 1918.
5 Jun 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 5th Training Battalion
9 Jun 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 7427, 5th Training Battalion,
  • 9th June 1918 - Sick to Hurdcott Hospital
  • 20th June 1918 - discharged from hospital
  • 28th July 1918 - sick to Hurdcott Hospital
  • 3rd August 1918 - transferred to Fovant Military Hospital seriously ill with Purulent Bronchitis
  • 13th August 1918 3:30am - succumbed to illness
  • Private Rupert Clarence Darby

    From Cathy Sedgwick.
    Private Rupert Clarence Darby

    Died on this date - Aust. Private Rupert Clarence Darby enlisted & went to Egypt before further training in England. Hospitalised several times & died on 13 August, 1918 at Military Hospital, Fovant, Wilts from Purulent Bronchitis. Buried at Fovant. #WW1

    There are 44 Australian WW1 Soldiers buried in St George's Churchyard, Fovant, Wiltshire, England.

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    Biography contributed by Daryl Jones

    Son of Thomas William and Theresa DARBY, of Broomehill, Western Australia. Born at Lake Karnak, Victoria.

    Burial Report regarding the Late 7427 Private Darby

    Deceased was buried with full Military Honours the body being conveyed to the graveside on a Gun Carriage preceded by a Firing Party and Band. The coffin was of good polished Elm, Brass Miuntings and six of deceased’s comrades acted as Pallbearers. The deceased's brother Cadet A. H. Darby, Australian Flying Corps was chief mourner and the funeral was attended by about 50 N.C.O.’s and men of deceased’s late Company and Nurses from Fovant Hospital. Floral tributes from the Nurses of “A” Ward were placed on the grave after the “Last Post” had been sounded.

    Headquarters, Australian Imperial Force Depots in the United Kingdom were represented at the funeral.

    The Officiating Clergyman was Rev. F.G. Lewis  (C.F.)  5th Training Bn, Fovant

    Date of interment -  16th August 1918 at am