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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Herbert Vincent LARKIN

Born 1885 in Bunbury, Western Australia [15]
Son of Thomas LARKIN and Mary McCOURT [15]
Educated at the Dardanup State School in Dardanup near Bunbury [18]
Worked as a Labourer and Miner prior to coming to the Carnamah / Winchester district [18] [30]
Contractor in Winchester 1914-1916 [19]
Contractor in Winchester and Carnamah in partnership with his brother Thomas J. LARKIN as "Larkin Bros" in 1914 and 1915 [34]
     In 1914 they undertook clearing for the Midland Railway Company on Lots M952 and M955 in Carnamah for £42.6.0 [34]
     Cleared 502 acres of scrub in Carnamah for the Midland Railway Company at 1/- per acre in 1915 [34]
     The 502 acres cleared in Carnamah were variously on Lots M954, M955, M956 and M957 [34]
In October 1914 either he or his brother were equipped by a local syndicate to go prospecting though Coorow [9: 30-Oct-1914]
Resided in Winchester until 3 January 1916 when he underwent a preliminary examination in Moora to join the A.I.F. [30: item 7376666]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Blackboy Hill on 15 January 1916[30: item 7376666]
     On enlistment was noted as 5 feet 8½ inches tall, weighing 140 lbs., with grey eyes, dark brown hair and a tanned complexion [30]
     His next of kin was his mother Mrs Mary LARKIN of Greenbushes and Perth, his father having died in 1908 [30]
     Sapper 4383 in the Mining Corps of the Australian Imperial Force's 6 Tunnelling Company for some of the year 1916 [30]
     Embarked Fremantle WA on the H.M.T. Warilda on the 1 May 1916 and disembarked in Plymouth, England on 18 July 1916 [30]
     Admitted to the Brimstone Bottom Isolation Hospital / Tidworth Military Hospital ailing from measles and broncho pneumonia [30]
Died 10 August 1916 at Tidworth Military Hospital in Tidworth, Wiltshire, England [30]
Buried and Memorialised at the Tidworth Military Cemetery in North Tidworth, Wiltshire, England [17] [18]
Later in 1916 his mother was sent his personal effects and granted a fortnightly pension from the A.I.F. of 40/- [30]
His name was included on the Honour Roll of Saint James' Anglican Church in Moora [9: 28-Mar-1919]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Herbert Vincent Larkin' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 17 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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