BARTRUM, Oswald Benjamin
(Service number 55395)

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Date 28 March 1891 Place of Birth Geraldine

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Raincliff, Fairlie
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married.
Next of Kin Mrs Bessie BARTRUM (wife), care of Mrs R. McKenzie
Religion Church of England
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Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 28th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Date 26 July 1917
Transport Ulimaroa
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
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Post-war Occupations



Date 13 August 1938 Age 47 years
Place of Death Public Hospital, Wanganui
Memorial or Cemetery Aramoho Cemetery, Wanganui
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Oswald Benjamin Bartrum was the son of Benjamin Packer and Charlotte Amy (Amy, née Hatden) Bartrum. He was educated at Skipton School. Oswald married Frances Bessie Geraldine (Mansell (Bessie) in 1914. The South Canterbury quota of the 30th Reinforcements left Timaru by train on 28 May 1917, after a very hearty send-off at the Drill Shed and at the Strathallan crossing. The men appeared in the best of spirits as they were put through some elementary drill at the Drill Shed. The Mayor wished them luck on their noble mission and a safe return. The Rev. J. H. Rogers told them they were going to assist the Empire, and that in giving themselves for that purpose they were making a noble gift. “They stood for the Cause – the cause of honour, of liberty, and of justice, the protection of the weak. . . . . . . they should remember that at the back of the Cause was God – the God of liberty, the God of mercy, and the God of justice.” The men were then photographed and, headed by the 2nd (S.C.) Regimental Band, moved off for the station. The train steamed out “followed by the cheers of the crowd, and the answering shouts of the departing soldiers.” Oswald's brother, Cyril Frederick Bartrum, was killed in action in France in 1918.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [23 July 2019]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [23 July 2019]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [28 July 2019]; Aramoho Cemetery headstone transcription [28 July 2019]; Timaru Herald, 29 May 1917 (Papers Past) [17 August 2015]

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