Tuesday, January 23, 2018

James Backhouse

badgeaifww1Serial Number and Rank:  2721, Private
Birth:  Benandarah near Batemans Bay 3 Feb 1888
Parents:  James Backhouse and Ellen Anges McNamara
Enlisted:  Milton 13 October 1916 with brother Robert Joseph Backhouse
Next of Kin:  W. Berry Backhouse
Service: 37th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement.  RTA 29 August 1917
Death: 9 March 1956 Milton. Burial:  Sandridge Cemetery CE/B14/14
Marriage:  Berry Bray nee Young 1915 Waverley. At the time of his marriage James was a labourer living at Birrill St Waverley.
Honour Rolls:  RSL Honour Roll
Milton Town Memorial

James Backhouse was born in February 1888 at Benandarah, son of James Backhouse and his wife Ellen nee McNamara. In 1915 he married Berry Bray nee Young at Waverley Sydney and returned home to Termeil.

He first tried to enlist in March 1916 at Termeil he did not pass the medical and was issue with a certificate clearing him from war service. James did enlisted into war service at the age of 28 years with his brother Robert Joseph Backhouse in October 1916 at Milton. James served with 37th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement and returned home in August 1917 and declared unfit for service in December 1917. His name appears on the Milton Ulladulla RSL Honour Roll and the Milton Town Memorial.

James along with his father and brothers all worked in the timber mills and associated industries around Termeil and Bawley Point. James and Ellen Backhouse family settled on a farm at Termeil around 1898, all their children attended the Termeil Public School.

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