Those who gave their lives from Yarm
DARLING, Robert. 2 Lt 9th Kings (Liverpool Regt).
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Yarm1914 note that CWCG record 7 soldiers with the name R Darling died in WW1. Two lived in Scotland, one in Ireland, one in Canada, one in Australia, one in Newcastle and one in Hartlepool. The most likely pupil at Conyers is Robert Darling who was born in 1890 to Robert aged 33 and Dorothy Darling of Home Farm in Hart.
The family were well off, living in an 11 roomed farm house with a servant and a nurse. Robert had two elder sisters Elizabeth aged 2 and Dorothy aged 1. His mother Dorothy Snowdon was herself a farmer’s daughter and died in 1900 having given birth to 5 more children. In 1901 there were 4 servants living in the farm and Robert senior married Margaret Taylor in Easington. He died on 5 August 1916.
Robert could have gone to Conyers between the census of 1901 when he was 9 and 1911 when he was 20 and helping on the farm. Robert was promoted from Corporal in the Northumberland Yeomanry to 2nd Lieutenant in the 9th Kings (Liverpool Regiment) on 22 October 1915. It was reported in the
London Gazette 25 August 1916 and Edinburgh Gazette 28 August 1916
“His Majesty the KING has been graciously
pleased to confer the Military Cross on the
undermentioned Officers and Warrant Officers
in recognition of their gallantry and devotion
to duty in the field : —
2nd Lt. Robert Darling, L'pool R.
For conspicuous gallantry during a raid
on the enemy's trenches. He pushed
through the enemy's wire and entered his
sap. He was one of the last to leave the
enemy's trench, and returned carrying a
severely wounded man. Later he volunteered
to attempt the rescue of a missing
officer, and, assisted by a private, brought
in his body. All this was under heavy shell
and rifle fire.”
In the book Visiting the fallen - Arras south by Peter Hughes he indicates that the raid took place on 28 June 1916 and the missing officer was 2nd lieutenant Herbert Angus Riley aged 19 born in Waterloo, Lancashire and buried in Wailley Orchard Cemetery. The private mentioned was Frederick Winrow who received the military medal and survived to receive it. He left the conflict on Christmas day 1917 having received a bullet in the arm.
Robert died of wounds on 16 September 1918 and is commemorated in Ecoust-Saint Mein British Cemetery.
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