An immense funeral procession took place in San Francisco before Darcy's body was brought back to Australia.

2017 marked the centenary of Les Darcy’s death.

Regarded as one of the greatest middleweights of all time, he held the Australian Heavyweight Championship title at the same time. Failed to delete memorial. You can still file a request but no one will be notified.

He was admitted to hospital with septicaemia and endocarditis, and after developing pneumonia died on 24 May 1917. He started boxing at age fifteen, turned pro a year later, and won his first sixteen fights.

Les Darcy (1895–1917), boxer, was one of Australia’s earliest sporting heroes. To suggest a change to a cemetery page, visit the Cemetery Corrections forum. Quickly see who the memorial is for and when they lived and died and where they are buried. James Leslie (Les) Darcy was born on 31 October 1895 at 'Stradbroke' near Woodville.After leaving Oakhampton Public School in 1907 aged 12.

Found more than one record for entered Email, You need to confirm this account before you can sign in. He won his first sixteen fights before challenging the veteran Bob Whitelaw for the Australian welterweight title. GREAT NEWS! Please check your email and click on the link to activate your account. Use the links under “See more…” to quickly search for other people with the same last name in the same cemetery, city, county, etc. Resend Activation Email. Contact Us, Plan of the Allotments of Ground, Granted from the Crown in NSW, J Burr and G Ballisat, 1814, manuscript catalogue under D'Arcy Wentworth (State Library of New South Wales). Darcy won the Aussie middle title when he defeated Bob Whitelaw in 1914. We’ve updated the security on the site.

he went on to carve out a remarkable, though short lived, career in the sport. Flowers added to the memorial appear on the bottom of the memorial or here on the Flowers tab. D'Arcy Wentworth (1762?-1827), medical practitioner and public servant, was born near Portadown, Ireland, the sixth of the eight children of D'Arcy Wentworth and his wife, Martha Dickson, also of County Armagh. You may not upload any more photos to this memorial, This photo was not uploaded because this memorial already has 20 photos, This photo was not uploaded because you have already uploaded 5 photos to this memorial, This photo was not uploaded because this memorial already has 30 photos, This photo was not uploaded because you have already uploaded 20 photos to this memorial. James Leslie (Les) Darcy (1895-1917), boxer and folk hero, was born on 31 October 1895 at Stradbroke, near Maitland, New South Wales, second son of native-born parents Edward Darcy (or Dorsey), labourer and later a share-farmer, and his wife Margaret, née O'Rourke. GREAT NEWS! Thanks for your help! Australian middleweight and heavyweight champion Les Darcy was born near Maitland, New South Wales on October 31, 1895. Australian middleweight and heavyweight champion Les Darcy was born near Maitland, New South Wales on October 31, 1895.

Known for his strength (he was a former blacksmith), stamina, courage, and knockout power, Darcy took on all comers, many of whom were fistic dignitaries visiting from the United States. Monday 9.00am - 6.00pmTuesday - Thursday 9.00am - 7.00pmFriday 9.00 - 5.00pmSaturday  9.00am - 1.00pm, Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pmSaturday, 9.00am - 1.00pm, © Maitland City Council 2017 – All rights reserved, Apply Maitland Library August 2016 filter, Submerged - Stories of Australia's Shipwrecks, Friends of Maitland City Library Committee, Garth Nix presents The Left-handed Booksellers of London, The Myth of Freedom - Hunter Valley Socratic Society, Bringing the Sydney Writer's Festival to You, Bubbles and Supa Squirt's Water Saving Show. Boxer.

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He started boxing as an amateur at age fifteen and quickly turned professional. Right now, we don't have much information about Education Life. In 1916, Darcy KO’d Harold Hardwick to capture the Australian heavyweight title. Also an additional 2 volunteers within fifty miles. You have chosen this person to be their own family member. Enter a valid email address and a feedback message. Your new password must contain one or more uppercase and lowercase letters, and one or more numbers or special characters. based on information from your browser. Please contact Find a Grave at if you need help resetting your password.

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Are you sure that you want to remove this flower? Les attended Oakhampton Public School helping with the milking before and after school. He left school at the age of 12 and worked hard to help support his parents and nine siblings. By the age of four his family moved to work on a dairy farm at Oakhampton. Success Stories from Biographies like Les Darcy Created on Jun 04, 2020 by Daniel Pinna Highlights of just a few of the many successes of sharing memories & family history at AncientFaces. Oops, we were unable to send the email. There is a problem with your email/password. A crowd of several hundred thousand was in attendance at the funeral procession held in Sydney, and following another huge crowd at a procession in Maitland, Les Darcy was finally laid to rest in the Catholic section of East Maitland cemetery.

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By the time he was eighteen, Sydney boxing promoters had begun to import fighters to challenge him.

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Darcy worked as a carter before being apprenticed to a blacksmith at East Maitland. He began to fight in boxing tournaments, soon after, showing a natural talent and starting to attract a large following in his local area. Plese check the I'm not a robot checkbox.'. ). In a January 1915 fight with American Jeff Smith, billed as a contest for the world middleweight championship, Darcy was disqualified for refusing to continue the controversial bout, but that was reversed in a rematch a few months later where Les Darcy won by disqualification.

His decision to leave Australia was disastrous for his career as political pressure in the USA saw promoters lose interest in him.

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Wentworth Woodhouse muniments (Sheffield Public Library). Please enter location or other information that may help the volunteer in fulfilling this request. During his short but brilliant career he defeated top flight visiting American fighters such as Eddie McGoorty, Billy Murray, Jimmy Clabby, George Chip, George Brown and Buck Crouse.

He started boxing at age fifteen, turned pro a year later, and won his first sixteen fights.

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The first of the Irish Wentworths to come to Australia could trace his ancestry through twenty generations from Robert of Wentworth Woodhouse in Yorkshire in the thirteenth century. Previously sponsored memorials or famous memorials will not have this option. Darcy was inducted into The World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1998 and also the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame in 2003. Oops, something didn't work.

Thank you for fulfilling this photo request. Darcy won the Aussie middle title when he defeated Bob Whitelaw in 1914. To suggest a correction or addition, visit the memorial page and click Suggest Edits. Share this memorial using social media sites or email. James Leslie Darcy (Les) has been called Australia's "Golden Boy" of boxing. Your Scrapbook is currently empty. Your account has been locked for 30 minutes due to too many failed sign in attempts. After leaving Oakhampton Public School in 1907 aged 12. Darcy left Australia to avoid fighting in World War I and headed for the for US.

Darcy had established an impressive winning record at  Newcastle and Maitland in 1912/13, and although losing to the Australian welterweight champion Bob Whitelaw in November 1913, he had captured the attention of Sydney boxing promoters, quickly becoming a crowd favourite.


Stories of his larrikinism are almost more infamous than the tales of Darcy’s boxing prowess round these parts. This flower has been reported and will not be visible while under review.

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About Les Darcy James Leslie "Les" Darcy was born into poverty in 1895 in a hut on a property called ‘Stradbroke’ near Woodville where his father worked as a labourer. Are you sure that you want to delete this photo?

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Some months later the political landscape surrounding conscription for World War I saw passports being refused to Australian men of military age. Failed to report flower.

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