Robert Joseph Backhouse
Serial Number and Rank: 3109, Private
Birth: Benandrah nr Batemans Bay 20 May 1894, 1894/21826 Moruya
Parents: James Backhouse & Ellen Anges McNamara
Enlisted: Milton 3 November 1916 with Brother James Backhouse
Next of Kin: W. Thersa Myrtle Backhouse of Kioloa via Milton
Service: 45th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement.
Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 25 November 1916
Death: DOW 6 April 1918
Burial: France 169 Gezaincourt Communal Cemetery Extension
Marriage: Thersa Myrtle Donovan 22 Dec 1915 RC Rites Termeil, daughter of Joseph Donovan and Elizabeth Wilson
Honour Rolls: Kendall Cottage Memorial – To Our Fallen Comrades
RSL Honour Roll
Milton Town Memorial
Robert’s family settled at Termeil around 1898 when he was 4 years old. He attended Termeil Public School. Robert grew up on the Backhouse farm located near Bawley Point. His wife Theresa Backhouse living in Ashfield Sydney at time of Robert’s death.
Brother James Backhouse served in the 37th Battalion.
His distant cousin Robert Gisbon Latta also in the 45th Battalion.
Great Great Uncle of author/researcher of website Cathy Dunn.
Sydney Moring Herald Thursday 9th May 1918
ROLL OF HONOUR: Backhouse died of wounds in France April 6th Private R J Backhouse of Termeil aged 23.
Pictured him safe returning
Longed to Casp his Hand
But has pospond the meeting
To be in a better land
inserted by his wife and his little son (Douglas)
Somwhere in France they have laid him
Our dear soldier so young and brave
On Australia’s Roll of Honour
You will find our hero’s name
inserted by his loving mother father brothers and sisters