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A plaque commemorates Les Darcy who was born in Maitland and died in the United States of America. The plaque is located at the site of the former East Maitland Tyre Service where he served his apprenticeship.

James Leslie ("Les") Darcy (31 October 1895 – 24 May 1917) was an Australian boxer. He was a middleweight, but held the Australian Heavyweight Championship title at the same time. Born in the Maitland District in New South Wales, Les Darcy is widely considered to be the best boxer ever from Australia. Considered one of the greatest middleweights of all-time, Darcy proved his mettle in his native Australia. He started boxing as an amateur at age fifteen and quickly turned professional.

He won his first sixteen fights before challenging the veteran Bob Whitelaw for the Australian welterweight title. Darcy lost the twenty-round decision but, in a rematch, knocked Whitelaw out in five. Les had the misfortune to become embroiled in the politics of conscription during the First World War, and left Australia for America to avoid the aggravation. There he collapsed on 27 April. He was admitted to hospital with septicaemia and endocarditis; his tonsils were removed but he developed pneumonia and died on 24 May 1917.




Address:61 Melbourne Street, Goodyear Autocare, East Maitland, 2323
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.745695
Long: 151.582991
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1956
Front Inscription

Erected 1956 By Maitland Lions Club

In Memory Of James Lesley Darcy,

b. Woodville, 28.10.1895,

died Memphis USA 25.5.1917,

buried East Maitland 1917,

Served His Apprenticeship On This Site.

Source: MA,ADB
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