Geoffrey De Talworth BACKHOUSE


BACKHOUSE, Geoffrey De Talworth

Service Number: 31615
Enlisted: 30 June 1916, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 36th Heavy Artillery Group
Born: Malvern, Victoria, Australia, 1890
Home Town: Koo-Wee-Rup, Cardinia, Victoria
Schooling: Haileybury College and Scotch College
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 4 October 1917
Cemetery: Ypres Reservoir Cemetery
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Haileybury College HB, Malvern St George's Anglican Church Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

30 Jun 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 31615, Melbourne, Victoria
23 Dec 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 31615, 23rd Field Artillery (Howitzer) Brigade, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
23 Dec 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 31615, 23rd Field Artillery (Howitzer) Brigade, RMS Orontes, Melbourne
4 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 31615, 36th Heavy Artillery Group, Broodseinde Ridge

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Geoffrey de Talworth BACKHOUSE was born in Malvern, Victoria in 1890

His parents were Benjamin Talworth BACKHOUSE and Emily A'BECKETT

Geoffrey enlisted in 1916 in the Artillery and saield early in 1917 for England, where he completed his training.  He was killed after serving for only a short time in Frnace.  He was at Haileybury College for a good many years, and was a prominent member of the football eighteen.  He took to country life and was farming in Gippsland at the time of his enlistment.