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Surname DARLING
Given Name(s) or Initial(s) Herbert Ferguson
Regimental Number
RankCaptain
Unit Name 5th West Australia Mounted Infantry
StateWA
Extracts and Comments
(from Sources as shown)

West Australian: Despatches of 28.6.1901.
HAGSOC: died 1935 Bulawayo Major.
URL1: WW1 AIF Major 44Bn.
URL3: DSO farmer from Fremantle WA next of kin from Durban Natal South Africa.
URL4: Major DSO 28Bn., farmer aged 37 born in Adelaide SA next of kin wife in Durban Natal, no prior service claimed, wounded in action in Belgium 28.9.1917 gunshot wounds to left arm and buttock.
URL6: Major DSO, returning to Cape with Commission in Bloemfontein Div. of South African Constabulary.
URL7: returned per 'Columbian' 4.1902.
URL8: OC Harriesmith Div. SAC, injured hand and ill with fever c12.1902.
URL9: report from Capt. DARLING 6.2.1902.
URL10: The Westminster Gazette says that Mjr. Herbert Darling, lately appointed Commissioner of Police at Bloemfont&n, is brother to Capt. Joe Darling, of the Australian team. He is only 23 years old, and has a unique record. At 18 he managed a mine and managed it well in Western Australia. At 20 he was Captain of a Western Australian contingent in South Africa, and is now, perhaps, the youngest Major in the forces of the empire. The most remarkable thing about him is that he looks younger than he really is. In the early days of the war, before his cool, daring, commanding spirit became recognised, he was known among his associates as 'Baby Darling.' Under the ordinary usages of the British Army this youth, who has won his way absolutely without outside influence, would still be a subaltern.
Perth Daily News: Captain HF DARLING DSO, of this State, who was decorated for service in South Africa during the Boer war, to-day [24.4.1908] celebrates his 29th birthday.
West Australian: Captain DARLING DSO, who commanded the Fifth Contingent, and is now an officer of the South African Constabulary, recently met with an accident to his hand. which necessitated his absence from duty for a time. He has also had a bad attack of fever since returning to South Africa. Captain DARLING is in charge of the Harrismith Division. RaleS: Major Herbert DARLING, recently [c10.1902] appointed Commissioner of Police in Bloemfontein, is cousin to captain 'Joe' DARLING, of the Australian cricket team. He is only 23 years old, and has a unique record. At 18 he managed a mine and managed it well in West Australia. At 20 he was captain of a West Australian contingent in South Africa, and is now perhaps the youngest major in the forces, regular or irregular, of the Empire. The most remarkable thing about him is that he looks younger than he really is. In the early days of the war, before his cool, daring, commanding spirit became recognised, he was known among his associates as 'Baby Darling.'
West Australian: Captain HS DARLING's name among the [Mentions] list again bears eloquent testimony to the worth of that officer. He was recommended by Lord ROBERTS for his work, when a subaltern with the First WAMI, and for this he received the DSO. Captain DARLING commanded the Fifth Contingent, and for his work in that command he is mentioned again. He is now an officer in the South African Constabulary.
W. Mail: Major DARLING, who has received a commission in the Bioemfonteiu division of the South African Constabulary, will proceed to Durban in the transport St. Andrew, in company with the Western Australian Contingent.
Source References
Murray: Official Records of the Australian Contingents etc. page(s) 421
Wallace1: The Australians at the Boer War page(s) 292
West Australian: West Australian newspaper date(s) 20.8.1901 & 19.3 & 6.12.1902
HAGSOC: HAGSOC's South African Graves website
B2455: National Archives of Australia series B2455
Syd. Herald : Sydney Morning Herald newspaper date(s) 24.5.1902
West Australian: West Australian newspaper date(s) 30.4, 2.8 & 6.12.1902
Register: The Register newspaper South Australia 9.9.10-2
Perth Daily News: Perth Daily News newspaper date(s) 24.4.1908 RaleS: 10.10.1902
W. Mail: Western Mail newspaper date(s) 31.5 & 7.6.1902
External Link URL1www.awm.gov.au/database/133/page.asp?Folder=13&Page=40&Surname=darling
External Link URL2www.hagsoc.org.au/sagraves/photos/za00100.php
External Link URL3www.awm.gov.au/cms_images/awm8/23_61_1/pdf/0425.pdf
External Link URL4naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/imagine.asp?B=3488087&I=1&SE=1
External Link URL5aif.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=72400
External Link URL6nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14448949
External Link URL7nla.gov.au/nla.news-article24744032
External Link URL8nla.gov.au/nla.news-article24849713
External Link URL9nla.gov.au/nla.news-article24740935
External Link URL10nla.gov.au/nla.news-article56256113


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Apology: For some time now it has been difficult to keep up with the newly available sources (especially the Trove newspaper site) plus the flow of contributions and queries. So I have been forced to prioritise maintenance and data entry over replying to correspondence. Nevertheless, your contributions are being added to the database and acknowledged on the contributions page and, although my replies are many months behind, I will attempt to get to them more often.
 
Colin Roe
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