RUSH, Harold W.

152, Trooper, Harold RUSH
Aged 23

10th Regiment, Australian Light Horse
Killed in Action on Saturday, 7th August 1915

Harold W. RUSH was born in Witnesham (Woodbridge Q1-1892 4A:887), son of Robert and Amy RUSH (née GARROD).

1901 census...Aged 9, he was at Free Wood Street, Bradfield St George with his parents; brothers Wilfred (working on father's farm), Charles, Clement [10], Raymond E [4], Herbert G [2], Leonard E [1] and Albert G [1 month]; sisters Susie M [7], Daisy E [6] and Hilda E [5]. Harold and the sisters were born in Witnesham, the youngest 4 brothers were born in Bradfield.

1911 census...Aged 19, working on father's farm, he was still in Bradfield St George with his parents; brother Raymond Ernest, Herbert Gordon, Leonard Edgar, Albert Edward, Kenneth Frederick [8] and Robert Cecil [6]. The two youngest brothers also born in Bradfield St George. Brother Clement was in Boreham Wood. All 14 siblings survive.

From the "East Anglian Record" of December 1913 shows Rush (i) in Form III and Rush (ii) in Form IV. but with no initial it is impossible at present to identify them but presumably Albert and Kenneth. Robert Cecil appears to have joined the school in August 1915.

His brother Clement was killed serving in France in the 1st/5th West Riding Regiment in 1916. see here

He attested in Guildford, Western Australia on 7th September 1914, and joined the 10th Regiment, Australian Light Horse on 6th October 1914. He gave his age as 22 years 11 months, born in Witnesham Suffolk, single, a farm hand who had served a 3 year apprenticeship with clothier J.H.Staff. His next of kin was father R.Rush of Bradfield, Suffolk.(amended in December 1914 to Broome Hall, Bradfield St.George). He was 5 feet 7 inches (170.2 cm) tall, weighed 140 lbs (63.7 kg), chest 33" to 35" (83.8 to 88.9 cm), fair hair, blue eyes and Church of England. Appointed to "A" Squadron, 19th Australian Light Horse on 21st December 1914. He embarked for Gallipoli at Freemantle on 8th February 1915 on A47 "Mashobra". On 16th May 1915 he embarked at Alexandria for Gallipoli.

He died at Walkers Ridge, Gallipoli. Buried initially at Russells Top, the Chaplain's report has Russells Top Grave No 5:I:3. Other reports give Shrapnel Terrace, but this seemingly was part of Russells Top cemetery. His service record shows he was exhumed and moved to Walkers Ridge Cemetery to grave 2:Z:4, not as noted by the CWGC, but then the Australian record was amended in 1923 to show 2:C:4.

His personal belongings, sent home, were a disc, letter, post cards, wallet, fountain pen and mirror.

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Harold Rush is buried in Walkers Ridge Cemetery ANZAC, Gallipoli grave 2:C:4
and commemorated on the reredos in the church of St George, Bradfield St George.

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details