Monday, December 11, 2017

James McDonald Backhouse

Serial Number and Rank:  6226, Private
Birth:  Yatte Yattah 2 Dec 1892 1893/22609 Milton
Bap: 17 February 1893 St Marys Star of the Sea Milton
Parents:  Robert Backhouse and Sarah McDonald
Enlisted:  Kiama 23 March 1916
Next of Kin:  F. Robert Backhouse of Coffs Harbour
Service: 13th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement. RTA 12 May 1918
Death: 30 April 1963 Conjola. Burial:  Sandridge Cemetery Mollymook
Honour Rolls:  RSL Honour Roll
Milton Town Memorial
Other members of the Backhouse Family who served in WW1 are Robert Joseph and James Backhouse

James McDonald Backhouse was born at Yatte Yattah in 1892 son of Robert Backhouse and his Sarah nee McDonald.  He enlisted into the war at Kiama in September 1916 after his initial application at Tomerong in March 1916 and he was appointed to the 13th Battalion, giving his age as 22 years.

In April 1917 he was captured by the Germans and his family were informed of his prisoner of war situation. He was exchanged for German prisoners and transferred to Switzerland in December 1917, arriving back in England in March 1918 still suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg.

James returned home to Australia in July 1918 and given a pension of £2 per week. He was awarded the British war and victory medal. James’s name appears on the Milton Ulladulla RSL Honour Roll and the Milton Town Memorial, after the war he lived at Killarney and Lake Conjola.

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