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Victor John BACKHOUSE

Regimental number4432
Place of birthBraidwood, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressCurran Creek, Clyde Road via Braidwood, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 6"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, J Backhouse, Curran Creek, Clyde Road via Braidwood, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll9 August 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 16 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19-20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Date of death19-20 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
158
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Maud Mary Backhouse, Curowan Creek, Clyde Road, Braidwood, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 16 February 1916; disembarked Egypt, 22 March 1916.

Joined 54th Bn, Ferry Post, 1 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19/20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19/20 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 171001 , 1687 Pte M.B. KIRWAN, 54th Bn (patient, St John's Hospital, Etaples), 5 December 1916: '[2978] Pte. [W.] Sloane, of B. Coy since wounded and probably in hospital, told me that he saw Backhouse wounded in the German line on July 20th. He told me that a S/B [Stretcher Bearer] of the R.A.M.C. dressed his wound.'

Note on file: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BACKHOUSE Victor John
Red Cross file 171001

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