Gerald Ian Dacres BACKHOUSE

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BACKHOUSE, Gerald Ian Dacres

Service Number: 400487
Enlisted: 14 September 1940, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: Operational Training Units (RAF)
Born: Terang, Victoria, 6 December 1912
Home Town: Malvern, Stonnington, Victoria
Schooling: Geelong Grammar School
Occupation: Insurance clerk
Died: Aircraft accident, Cumberland, United Kingdom, 28 December 1941, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Causewayhead Cemetery, Silloth, Cumbria
Section S, Grave 6
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

14 Sep 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 400487, Melbourne, Victoria
28 Dec 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 400487, Operational Training Units (RAF), Empire Air Training Scheme

Newspaper article

Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Friday 2 January 1942, page 3

AIRMAN ATHLETE KILLED

Sgt Gerald Ian Dacres Backhouse RAAF, 28, champion Australian runner, has been reported killed in an aircraft accident in England on December 28

A fine sportsman, Sgt Backhouse was educated at Geelong Grammar School, where he competed in the school athletic team. He later became champion half-mile and mile runner of Victoria and Australia, and was a member of the Australian team which visited Berlin In 1936 for the Olympic Games.

Before enlisting in the RAAF early In 1940, Sgt. Backhouse was on the staff of AMP. He trained at Bradfield Park and Narromine, sailing for Canada in February, 1941, and went to England last October.

He was a member of the vestry and Sunday school teacher at St. Paul's Church, Dandenong Rd.

He was the younger son of the late Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Backhouse, of Terang.

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Gerald Ian Dacres BACKHOUSE was born on 6th December, 1912 in Terang, Victoria

His parents were Edward Littlejohn BACKHOUSE & Cecilia THOMSON

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