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Full Name: Oscar Backman
Rank Last Held: Rifleman
Forename(s): Oscar
Surname: Backman
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 23/365
First Known Rank: Rifleman
Next of Kin: Mrs Florence Backman (wife), 30 Hospital Street, Greymouth, New Zealand
Marital Status: Married
Enlistment Address: Blaketown, Greymouth, New Zealand
Military District: Canterbury
Body on Embarkation: 1st Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Embarkation Unit: Stretcher-bearers
Embarkation Date: 9 October 1915
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Vessel: Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima or Navua or Warrimoo
Destination: Suez, Egypt
Page on Nominal Roll: 26
Last Unit Served: New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 1st Battalion
Place of Death: France
Date of Death: 26 March 1917
Age at Death: 30
Year of Death: 1917
Cause of Death: Died of injuries
Cemetery Name: Maple Leaf Cemetery, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium
Grave Reference: M. 14.
Biographical Notes: Oscar Backman was the son of Nils Parson Backman and Hannah Backman, of Sweden; husband of Florence Backman, of 13, Martin St., Wellington, New Zealand.
Description of Image: Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917
Archives NZ source: Military personnel file
Sources Used:
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume I. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1914-1919
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