Henry George Darkins, Lance Corporal (26689), A Company, 1st Battalion the Royal Fusiliers, died of wounds sustained while on active service on 11 July 1917, aged 32. He is commemorated with a grave in Mendinghem Military Cemetery in Belgium (I. E. 8), as well as on this family grave.

Henry George Darkins was born in 1884 to George Walter Darkins and Caroline Pounceby Darkins nee Smith (commemorated on this grave). The family lived at 25 Malcolm Street. He had two brothers, called Reginald B Darkins (born 1892) and Leonard Sid Darkins (born 1900). He worked as an electrician, and in 1911 was working in Warren House, Stanmore, Middlesex.

He enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers, and served in A Company of the 1st Battalion. He died of wounds sustained while on active service on the Western Front on 11 June 1917, perhaps as part of the Messines Ridge Offensive, when about 10,000 German troops were killed on 7 June by mines placed in tunnels and by artillery barrage, forcing the Germans to withdraw on 11 June.

 

Darkins grave
Darkins grave

 

 

Lat Lon : 52.203476 0.13676584 – click here for location

Parish : All Saints

See family grave page for more information

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:
War Graves Photographic Project

1891, 1901 and 1911 Census

Soldiers died in the Great War

By Ian Bent, Jo Costin and Alexander Ogunbode

Henry George Darkins