BARTRUM, Cyril Frederick
(Service number 24/40)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank Corporal


Date 27 August 1895 Place of Birth Creek Station, Geraldine

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Matahui, Wanganui River
Occupation Farming
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin John Arthur Bartrum (brother), Auckland University, Auckland
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 2nd Battalion, NZ Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship A Company
Date 9 October 1915
Transport Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima or Navua or Warrimoo
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ Rifle Brigade, 2nd Battalion

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 5 April 1918 Age 23
Place of Death Somme, France
Cause Killed in action
Memorial or Cemetery Euston Rd Cemetery, Colincamps, Somme, France
Memorial Reference II. A. 1
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Fairlie War Memorial

Biographical Notes

Cyril, born on 27 August 1895 in Geraldine, was the youngest son (of seven children) of Benjamin and Charlotte Bartrum of Fairlie. The Bartrium's farmed at Raincliff. Cyril was educated at Skipton School in 1904 befoire going on to George Street School in Dunedin. There he was entrusted into the guardianship of a Mrs Patrick of 3 Albany Street. He later attended Waitaki High School.

The Bartrum's appear to have moved to Wanganui, where Cyril's father was killed by a falling tree in 1910. On 8 May 1915 the Wanganui Chronicle reported his enlistement the previous day. He gave his occupation as a farmer at the time, as he was working for his broither at Matahui on the Wanganui River.

The New Zealand Herald, on 27 September 1916, repotted that: "Rifleman Cyril Fredericl Bartrum reported wounded in the recent offensive, was educated at the Waitaki Boys' High School, and liter followed farming pursuits, joining the Rifle Brigade from Wanganui early in 1915. He was an excellent swimmer, and 20 years of age. His brother, Mr. J. A. Bartrum is, lecturer on geology at the Auckland University, and his parents have for some years resided in Fairlie, South Canterbury." Cyril had initialled arrived in the Suez in May 1915, and served in the region until April 1916 when he had been transferred to France. He recovered, and after a stint in a convalescent hopital in England, returned to his unit in early 1917.

On 5 April Cyril was serving at the Somme where he was killed in action. He was buried at the Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps, near the battlefield.

One of Cyril's brothers, Oswald, also served overseas, returned safely home from the war.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database (September 2013); see also Winsome Griffin's family history pages at for family history information and portriats; SCRoll web submission by W Griffin, 4 December 2015

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Carol Bell, SC branch NZSG & Timaru Herald; Tony Rippin (South Canterbury Museum)

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