Next of kin plaque : Private J J E Darnedt, 59 Battalion, AIF
|Title||Next of kin plaque : Private J J E Darnedt, 59 Battalion, AIF|
|Maker||Royal Arsenal Woolwich (Maker)|
|Place made||United Kingdom|
|Date made||c 1922|
Bronze next of kin plaque. The plaque shows Britannia holding a laurel wreath, the British lion, dolphins, a spray of oak leaves and the words 'HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR' around the edge. Beneath the main figures, the British lion defeats the German eagle. The name of the dead soldier, 'JACK DARNEDT', is inscribed in raised letters within a raised rectangle. The initials 'ECP', for the designer Edward Carter Preston, appear above the lion's right forepaw.
John Joseph Edward 'Jack' Darnedt was born in Collingwood, Victoria in 1899. He was working as a trainer and serving with the Senior Cadets when he enlisted in the AIF under the alias Jack Kerrigan on 23 August 1916. After initial training at Castlemaine, Victoria, he was assigned as a private, service number 2686, to the 6th Reinforcements of the 59th Battalion. He embarked from Melbourne aboard HMAT A71 Nestor on 2 October, bound for training in England.